Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced the city will have a Policing Policy Commission (PCC) to review use-of-force policies within the Metro Nashville Police Department.
This, according to a press release that Cooper’s staff published on the city’s website.
Many commission members lean left politically.
“In response to a call to action from President Barack Obama for cities to address use of force policies and practices, I have created the Policing Policy Commission (PPC). The first purpose of the Commission is to identify ways for the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) to reduce the use of force,” Cooper said.
“But it also has a broader purpose: to begin a community-wide process of reimagining how Nashville can build trust and enhance community safety.”
Cooper asked commission members to produce a report on standards no later than October. That report, Cooper added, will influence who he and other city officials select to replace former Police Chief Steve Anderson.
Following Cooper’s announcement, the city’s Community Oversight Board Chair Ashlee Davis, in a press release, opined about the new commission, of which she is a member.
The Community Oversight Board has independent authority to investigate allegations of misconduct against the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.
As for the new commission, Davis said she wants a transgender person to serve.
Davis, according to her LinkedIn page, is currently the senior diversity and inclusion manager for AllianceBernstein in Nashville. She also worked at the White House under former President Barack Obama.
In addition to Davis, other Policing Policy Commission members include the following:
• Karl Dean, Co-Chair of Police Policy Commission, former mayor and public defender of Nashville
• Richard Dinkins, TN Co-Chair of Police Policy Commission, Judge, Court of Appeals, State of Tennessee
• Phil Ponder, Former Councilmember
• Beth Seigenthaler Courtney, Managing Partner, Finn Partners
• Russ Pulley, Public Safety Committee Chair
• Bob Fisher, Belmont University President
• Whitney Washington, Campaign Organizer Stand Up Nashville
• Melissa Blackburn, Judge of Division II General Session Court
• Bob Allen, SWAT Team Instructor, Fraternity of Police
• David Esquivel, Founding Member, Bass Berry
• Mac Huffington, Founder & Owner, Mac Productions
• LeShaun Oliver, Police Captain, Vanderbilt University Police Department
• Juliana Ospina Cano, Executive Director, Conexion Americas
• Margie Quin, CEO, End Slavery Tennessee
• Robert Sherrill, CEO & Founder, Imperial Cleaning Systems/ Impact Youth Outreach
• Chris Jackson, Pastor, Pleasant Green Baptist Church
• Sabina Moyhuddin, Executive Director, American Muslim Advisory Council
• Phreadom Dimas, Youth Leader, Oasis Center
• Darrell Talbert, President, ICON Entertainment
• Larry Woods, Chairman, Wood & Woods Attorneys at Law
• Jimmy Greer, Pastor, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
• Tom Turner, President & CEO Nashville Downtown Partnership
• Reggie Miller, President, National Black Police Association Nashville Chapter
• Nawzad Harami, Manager, Salahadeen Center
• Meera Reddy Balal, Founder, Women’s Healthcare Initiative
• David Fox, Financial Markets Trader, Former Chairman of Nashville Board of Public Education
• Rachel Freeman, President & CEO, Sexual Assault Center
• Clifton Harris, President & CEO, Urban League of Middle Tennessee
• Torry Johnson, Former District Attorney of Metro Nashville and Davidson County
• Demetria Kalodimos, Executive Producer, Nashville Banner
• Lonnell Matthews, Juvenile Court Clerk, Davidson County Juvenile Courts
• Amanda Lucas,LCSW, Criminal Justice Member, Nashville Organized for Hope and Action (NOAH)
• Bruce Maxwell, Pastor, Lake Providence Baptist Church
• Sharon K. Roberson, President & CEO, YWCA
• Larry Turnley, Violence Interrupter, Gideon’s Army
• John R. Faison, Pastor of Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church
• Manuel Delgado, Owner, Delgado Guitars
• Gary Moore, Former State Representative, Retired Nashville Fire Department, IAFF Local 140
• Worrick Robinson, Member, Robinson, Regan and Young PLLC
• Eli Foster, Blue Ribbon MNPS Teacher
As The Tennessee Star reported this month, Chief Anderson vacated his position at the police department sooner than he previously stated he would — without explaining.
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