Police union defends Metro officer charged in deadly shooting

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police plans to spend thousands of dollars to boost public support for a white police officer charged with first degree murder in the death of an armed black man. 

Metro Officer Andrew Delke shot 25-year-old Daniel Hambrick from behind during a foot chase in July. 

The first ad of the campaign features a photo of a semiautomatic pistol and the words, “This is the same loaded gun that was pointed at Officer Delke.”

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Prosecutors say Hambrick didn’t point his gun at the 25-year-old officer, but Delke’s defense attorneys say he did. 

A news release about the ad calls the district attorney’s decision pursue a murder charge “politically motivated.” 

A spokesman for the prosecutor says they don’t comment on pending criminal cases.

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