NASHVILLE (WSMV) - The Nashville Fraternal Order of Police has funded a controversial new billboard that is located near the new police headquarters.
The digital billboard, located on Murfreesboro Road, calls out Mayor David Briley and District Attorney Glenn Funk.
The Metro Nashville Police Department cut the ribbon on their new headquarters on Thursday morning. The billboard popped up directly across the street. Those behind it say the timing and placement were not coincidental.
The billboard reads: "The Metro Police Department is always hiring. 108 officers understaffed! Employees are subject to the following working conditions: Mayor Briley's broken promises, District Attorney Funk's political agenda. #DoBetter."
The sign initially had a typo but has since been corrected.
When they say "broken promises," the FOP says this refers to the cost-of-living raises they did not receive this year. "Funk's political agenda" refers to the prosecution of Officer Andrew Delke.
"We want the community to be aware that we're at a dangerous time. We're losing officers, and they're going to other counties. We need everybody to understand we've got to change the course, and we've got to support our police officers who do what they need to do every day," said FOP President James Smallwood.
Briley was at the ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday.
"Folks are going to do what they're going to do. We're gonna look out for our police, and we're going to find a way to compensate them at the appropriate amount, and what their union has to do, in terms of putting a billboard up, has got no impact on that - zero impact," Briley said.
News4 has reached out to Funk for a statement about the billboard.