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Action Alert: Support the Community Oversight Board!

Please see the email below for an Action Alert from NOAH (Nashville Organized for Action and Hope) and email your council members TODAY:

For a year, NOAH’s Criminal Justice Task Force has been working on a “Community Oversight Board (COB)” for police misconduct.  This is simply “quality control” for the police department.  At the moment, the police monitor themselves.  Restaurants do not monitor themselves — and neither do doctors and dentists.

Throughout 2017, the need for a Community Oversight Board has become clear:

  • In May, the District Attorney’s Office questioned potential bias in the police department’s internal investigations.
  • In June, the U.S. Department of Justicerecommended the creation of a Citizen’s Police Advisory board.
  • In July, the Davidson County Grand Jury called for civilians to handle investigations of officer-involved shootings.

NOAH believes that a Community Oversight Board is needed to monitor police misconduct AND to build trust between the community and the police.

Last Sunday, in front of 1500 NOAH members, Mayor Megan Barry committed to work with us on a Community Oversight Board.  (See news article HERE.)  NOAH, as well as the “Community Oversight Now” coalition, is supporting legislation now before the Metro Council to create a COB. (See the bill HERE.)

Can you send ONE email before Tuesday afternoon to the Metro Council, supporting this legislation?

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This has to go through three readings at three Metro Council meetings.  On November 7th, this bill will be on FIRST reading.  We need to get this passed on first reading, so that real discussion of its merits can take place at the council. Without passing first reading, the COB is totally dead!

You can email all of the Metro Council Members at once by emailing councilmembers@nashville.gov.

A suggested email is below.  Please use the subject line “Please support Community Oversight Board on First Reading!”  (Some Council Members will not read the email, but just count supporters by the subject line.)  Please include your name and address, so the Council Members who DO read the email will know if you are in their districts or not.

SUBJECT:  Please Support Community Oversight Board on First Reading (Bill 2017-951)

Dear Council Members,

Please support Bill 2017-951 on first reading on November 7.   A Community Oversight Board (COB) has been discussed in Nashville for at least 25 years.  This is simply “quality control” for the police department.  At the moment, the police monitor themselves.  Restaurants do not monitor themselves — and neither do doctors and dentists.

A COB might have prevented the killing of Jocques Clemmons by a police officer — and would be a way to build trust between the community and the police.  The District Attorney, the US Department of Justice, and a Grand Jury have all noted possible bias in police internal investigations and called for citizen review of the police in some way.


On October 29, Mayor Barry committed to work with NOAH (Nashville Organized for Action and Hope) on a Community Oversight Board.  Getting this bill passed on first reading allows the Council and the public to have a real discussion of its merits.

Please pass 2017-951 on first reading!

Sincerely,

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