Metro police say employees are disciplined, release numbers as proof

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The Metro Nashville Police Department says its officers are held accountable and it’s sharing proof.  

The department faces an important vote in a few weeks. Davidson County voters will decide whether to create a community oversight board to investigate complaints against police.  

Thousands of people signed a petition to get the issue on the ballot after an officer shot and killed a man this summer.   

On multiple occasions, police have argued this oversight board would be biased against officers and it’s redundant.  Metro is attempting to back up those claims.   

In an emailed statement Friday, the department says, “contrary to comments recently made by some,” police are being held accountable.  

The information includes 13 years of analysis, dating back to 2005, claiming 40% of complaints against officers are sustained after investigations.  

In 2017 alone, 337 employees had complaints against them, resulting in disciplinary or corrective action.  Metro also shared how employees were disciplined, including termination, demotion, counseling, or other forms.   

The analysis also included the number of times the claims were unfounded, or the officers were exonerated. 

Complaints against an MNPD employee can be made at any police facility or by calling the Office of Professional Accountability at 615-862-7317.

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