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Metro Council candidate under felony indictment

Jack Byrd is a candidate for Metro Council in District 33. He's also under indictment for extortion in Giles County. (WSMV) Jack Byrd is a candidate for Metro Council in District 33. He's also under indictment for extortion in Giles County. (WSMV)

Jack Byrd wants to be Antioch's next Metro Councilmember. He's also under indictment for extortion.

Byrd used to be a reserve officer at the Lynnville Police Department in Giles County.

The city aldermen voted to dissolve the reserve officer program and Byrd's job.

According to Giles County District Attorney Brent Cooper, Byrd threatened an alderman with an audio recording, saying something along the lines of “if you don’t reinstate the program, I’ll release the recording.”

That, the DA said is extortion, and Byrd has been indicted in Giles County.

Byrd has a very different story.

"Not at all, no way, and I am very confident that the legal system will vindicate me," said Byrd.

He said that after he worked security at last year’s Nashville Pride festival he recorded an alderman making homophobic and racist comments.

Byrd said he simply brought it to the mayor's attention.

"I mean, I have the right to free speech. I can say what I want to say. You're an elected official, and I can more than, at any point, express, I don't think what you're doing is ethical. I think it's a disgrace to this town and that's all that was said," said Byrd.

Byrd also worked as a reserve officer for the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office.

In 2015, according to public records, he was interviewed and investigated as part of an internal affairs investigation for “giving an ultimatum designed to ‘blackmail, coerce, or intimidate an administrator' into changing his schedule."

The sheriff's office initially fired Byrd, who turned around and sued them. They settled, and Byrd was allowed to retire in good standing.

He now wants your vote.

Byrd is running for Davidson Co. General Sessions Judge Sam Coleman's seat on Metro Council. Coleman's place on the council is empty now that he was chosen to fill Casey Moreland's place on the bench after a Channel 4 I-Team investigation.

"I'm always going to defend what I believe and I’m going to stand up for what is right and I’m going to do that as a council member," said Byrd.

According to Cooper, Byrd is due in court in Giles County for a hearing on the two extortion charges he faces on June 27.

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