NAACP and church leaders call for fair and unbiased investigation of deadly police shooting


More than a dozen NAACP leaders and local ministers called for more police accountability Monday morning. 

They gathered in Nashville in the wake of the police shooting that killed Daniel Hambrick in North Nashville Thursday evening.

“We are calling for a fair and unbiased investigation of the Metro Nashville police department in the killing, and it was a slaying, of 25-year old Daniel Hambrick, who was fatally wounded in the police-involved shooting,” said State NAACP President Gloria Jean Sweet-Love. 

The NAACP President is calling on the mayor and council to create a community oversight board. 
Sweet-Love added, “Nashville can no longer ignore the fact that police policing themselves is problematic.” 

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In addition, the group is calling on the police department and Chief Anderson to start using body cameras. 

Rev. David Tucker sat on a community panel about body cameras. He said, “The city appropriated the money and the former mayor had a committee to come up with the guidelines for body cameras. The committee did what it was instructed to do.  But the police department failed to do what they were supposed to do. Right now they say they are in a pilot process where only 20 officers have the cameras. If there would have been cameras we would have at least been able to see what happened.”

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NAACP leaders said they spoke to Hambrick’s mother over the weekend, and she needs help with funeral expenses. 

They expressed confidence in the TBI investigation of the shooting. They said if the TBI remains transparent to the community, they believe it will be fair. 

Metro Nashville Police have identified Andrew Delke as the officer who shot Hambrick. He was put on administrative leave right after the shooting. He has given a statement with his account of the shooting to TBI investigators, according to the FOP.  

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