Metro Nashville Police Department

A treatment room at the Mental Health Cooperative's Crisis Treatment Center, bare of decorations that could be used in a suicide attempt. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Crisis center partners with Metro Nashville cops on de-escalation training

BY: - June 18, 2021

The disheveled, middle-aged man struggled against the Metro Nashville Police officer hauling him into the Crisis Treatment Center for a psychiatric evaluation, his loud mumbling muffled by the glass in the treatment room.  From an enclosed glass room in the center of the facility, mental healthcare workers watched calmly as the man was processed and […]

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Metro Nashville Schools Board of Education. (Photo: MNPS)

Commentary: Fund our schools, not the police

BY: and - June 14, 2021

Mayor John Cooper’s budget for fiscal year 2022 includes some important measures to mitigate damage from the pandemic, including increased funding for affordable housing, transit, and emergency management. Mayor Cooper’s budget also brings our tax rate down, to the third-lowest level in Metro Nashville’s history. We are grateful for specific parts of this budget. As members […]

Metro Nashville Police Chief Diversity Officer Capt. Carlos Lara reads to students at Stratford Elementary School on March 24. (Photo: MNPD)

Nashville Police diversity chief discusses outreach efforts

BY: - April 16, 2021

In 2005, Capt. Carlos Lara arrived in Nashville just in time to witness how the city coped with a new  wave of immigrants, and although he didn’t know it at the time, Lara would use his early experiences to become Metro Nashville Police Department’s first Latino Captain and chief diversity officer. Born and raised in […]

A mural on the wall outside Workers' Dignity's community center. (Photo: Dulce Torres Guzman/Tennessee Lookout)

Grassroots groups weigh in on Nashville Budget

BY: - April 12, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic caused long-simmering socio-economic problems to surface for Nashvillians, and activists are asking Metro’s upcoming budget to reflect much needed infrastructure.  On Friday, representatives from Workers Dignity, Black Nashville Assembly, Nashville People’s Budget Coalition and others offered grades on a wide variety of city services to show city officials what they want emphasized […]

Rebecca Shin, far left, in traditional Korean dress, at a March 21 vigil in Nashville for victims killed in an Atlanta attack that targeted Asian women. (Photo: Submitted)

Nashville’s Asian-American leaders push back on racism and violence

BY: - April 2, 2021

As hate crimes against Asian Americans have risen, Rabecca (Hee Kyung) Shin has spent the last few months helping members of her community mourn. One morning, Shin received a call from a worried mother in South Korea looking for her 29-year-old daughter living in Nashville. The mother reported that her daughter had sold all her […]

Metro Nashville motorcycle police photographed on Oct. 22, 2020 at the Belmont University Presidential Debate. (Photo: Metro Nashville Police)

Nashville’s Community Oversight Committee investigating MNPD arrest of minors 

BY: - April 1, 2021

The Metro Nashville Community Oversight committee is investigating the arrest of two children Sunday following video of the incident posted on social media. Videos show multiple police officers gathered as one officer pushed a 13-year-old Black child against a car and searched him. According to Angel Stansberry, co-president of activist organization People’s Plaza, two Vanderbilt University […]

New Chief of Police: John Drake, seen here speaking an August 8th Women & Girls Against Racism and Violence/Black Lives Matter protest rally in Legislative Plaza, has been named Metro Nashville Chief of Police.

NOAH calls out Metro Nashville Police for use of excessive force

BY: - March 19, 2021

This story has been updated. Members of a prominent Nashville community organization say that the Metro Nashville Police Department has continued to use excessive force and failed to comply with de-escalation tactics, leading to two recent shootings, one fatal. Nashville Organized For Action and Hope (NOAH) held a press conference on Thursday to protest what […]

Vanderbilt University student Jacob Yousief, 21, tinkers with one of his several cars. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Street racing to NASCAR’s renewal: Middle Tennessee enthusiasm for auto sports gets rejuvenated

BY: - March 8, 2021

As a Vanderbilt University student studying economics, Jacob Yousief, 21, had very little time for other activities until a fateful 2019 car crash that ended up totaling his Toyota Corolla.  While trying to figure out insurance hassles, Yousief’s buddy enticed him into a risky proposition: get an exotic car for cheap at an auction, he […]

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Nashville police say car thefts tied to warming vehicles

BY: - February 19, 2021

Police said Thursday an overwhelming majority of vehicles stolen in Davidson County recently have been from residential areas and likely a casualty of the winter storm. Over the past week, 79% of vehicles taken were cars with keys left inside and unattended, making them easy targets. Of the 47 vehicles stolen, 12 were left running […]

New Chief of Police: John Drake, seen here speaking an August 8th Women & Girls Against Racism and Violence/Black Lives Matter protest rally in Legislative Plaza, has been named Metro Nashville Chief of Police.

In Nashville, Mayor Cooper, Chief Drake announce policing reforms to address murders, gun crimes

BY: - February 1, 2021

Nashville Mayor John Cooper and Police Chief John Drake unveiled a new strategy on Monday to address the rise in murders and gun crimes in Davidson County. The Metro Nashville Police Department will launch the Office of Alternative Policing Strategies The new agency will partner with nonprofit groups and other community stakeholders as the latest […]

Hand holding cell phone with emergency number 911 on black background

Fear of law enforcement, communication issues hamper use of 911

BY: - February 1, 2021

For many members of Tennessee’s immigrant communities, calling 911 in an emergency situation is not a viable option, and advocates are working to remove fear of the system and make it more user-friendly. Last year’s police brutality protests and years of anti-immigration policies have strained relations between New Americans and law enforcement officials, and while […]

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Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake speaks at a Dec. 20 press conference to address allegations a girlfriend of bomber Anthony Warner made in August 2019. (Photo: Ray Di Pietro)

Commentary: MNPD Chief Drake is misleading the public about 2019 bomber investigation

BY: - January 5, 2021

Early Christmas morning, we saw again that Nashville’s police officers represent the best of their profession.  The six heroic men and women who ran towards danger to evacuate Second Avenue in the minutes before the suicide bombing acted with bravery and resolve.

 Unfortunately, in the week that followed, their leaders have demonstrated neither.

Since the bombing, […]