Oversight board to help relationships between minorities, police

A Metro Police officer shot Daniel Hambrick as he tried to flee police on 17th Avenue near Jo Johnston on July 26. (WSMV)

Community activists are calling for an oversight board after the shooting death of 25-year-old Daniel Hambrick by a Metro Police officer.

The goal of the oversight proposal is to mend the relationship between minorities and Metro Police.

"I don't want to live in a city where a policy says it's OK to shoot a young man in the back when he's running away from you,” said Jackie Sims, a community organizer.

Sims is helping organize the Community Oversight board and proposal.

She said she is fed up with seeing young people lose their lives at the hands of police officers.

“The goal of having a community oversight board of the Metro Police Department is to provide more accountability and more transparency,” said Sims.

The board will make sure community complaints are being heard.

“In the last several years over 700 complaints and they were all virtually unfounded,” said Sims.

The board can also make recommendations regarding police department policies.

"Those recommendations would be aired for the community,” said Sims. “If the police chief decides that he does not to choose to accept or agree with or go along with the recommendations then he would be charged to air that as well."

On Wednesday, Nashville Mayor David Briley spoke in support of an oversight board but not in its entirety.

"I support having a community oversight over our police department,” said Briley. “That particular proposal I have questions about."

"He indicated he had some concerns about who would comprise the board,” said Sims.

The board would be made up of 11 people. Four of them selected by Metro Council and the Mayor’s Office. The other seven members would be selected from the community with Council approval.

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