Radical Leftist Member of Nashville Community Oversight Board Not Re-Appointed by Metro Council


Metro Nashville Council filled two vacancies for the Community Oversight Board for terms that expired on January 31. Individuals considered for those vacancies were nominated by community organizations.

Metro Nashville Council appointed Michael Milliner and Maxine Spencer to serve terms that will expire on January 31, 2025 and rejected Jamel R. Campbell-Gooch’s nomination.

Council members were given ballots on which to put the names of the individual or individuals they were voting to appoint. A council member could vote for a minimum of one person and a maximum of two. There were 32 council members present at the time of the vote.

Milliner received 23 votes and Spencer received 21. Campbell-Gooch received 14 votes. Councilmembers Parker, Welsch, and Rosenberg voted only for Campbell-Gooch. Councilmember Sean Parker is a “founding member of the Middle TN Democratic Socialists of America chapter”.

Campbell-Gooch had served as first vice-chair of the Community Oversight Board. His term started on January 22, 2019, and expired on January 31.

Milliner was nominated by the NAACP-Nashville. Workers’ Dignity, a far-Left community organizing group, nominated Spencer.

Campbell-Gooch was nominated for re-appointment by the Nashville Black Assembly, a far-Left community organizing group that is a part of the Defund the Police movement. Their website says:

We started the Black Nashville Assembly in July 2020 to mobilize and organize Black people to transform Nashville through political engagement. We are committed to Black-led participatory democracy as a solution to address government infrastructure and policies that fail to honor our people’s needs.

Campbell-Gooch was notably pro-Defund the Police, having shared numerous messages supporting that movement on his social media, including during his time serving on the Community Oversight Board.

Campbell-Gooch also expressed the following sentiments on November 8, 2020:

Europeans have given us a disastrous form of masculinity since we’ve reached these shores. What type of energy always has to announce itself, finds power in taking someone else’s things, and can’t show emotions. We all know that it’s human nature to want an emotional connection. That s**t got us acting backward.

We are watching the feminine reformulate itself. We, Black men, owe it to ourselves, our community, and our young people to redefine, not reassert, what it means to be a Black man. Get these Europeans out of our minds, pockets, and pants.

Seize the time!

Campbell-Gooch’s LinkedIn says that he is the founder of Moving Nashville Forward, an organization dedicated to “Organizing to bring a Guaranteed Basic Income to Nashville, TN.” Campbell-Gooch is also listed as a member of Workers Dignity’s steering committee on its website.

Walter Holloway was approved unopposed for another vacancy for the councilmember nominated seat.

The website for the Community Oversight Board states its responsibilities:

The Board shall have the power to investigate allegations that Metro Nashville Police Department officers have committed misconduct against members of the public, as well as issue policy advisory and resolution reports assessing allegations of misconduct by the Metro Nashville Police Department, recommendations to agencies involved in public safety and the administration of justice, and have the option of establishing a monitoring program that provides an ongoing review or audit of the complaint process administered by the Police Department Office of Professional Accountability or equivalent internal affairs program in the Police Department.

There are 11 members of the Community Oversight Board.

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Aaron Gulbransen is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Jamel Campbell-Gooch” by Jamel Campbell-Gooch.





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5 Thoughts to “Radical Leftist Member of Nashville Community Oversight Board Not Re-Appointed by Metro Council”

  1. karen

    Well, look what they replaced him with! One freak for another! This city is heading for the bottom of the barrel!

  2. 83ragtop50

    The entire COB is an insult to one’s sensibility. The whole group needs to be thrown out.

  3. Mark Knofler

    The ENTIRE COB is a bunch of America hating racists. They are also demanding to have access to the license plate reader software should it go through, hell no. It was ever a group prone to abusing it’s power, it’s these A-holes.

  4. LM

    The COB is made up of all radical – leftists and the “nominating organizations” apparently are, as well. They pretend that council members have a choice on who they vote for. Defund the COB.

  5. Steve Allen

    What a sorry example of a politician. Thank goodness he has been passed over. People like him are the poster children for the ignorant extreme leftists that have reduced the democratic party to a sorry squabbling group of almost communists.