Top 5 Things You Should Know Today (10-15-19)

Vigil held for TSU student found shot Sunday

Dozens of students came together last night to mourn the loss of 19-year-old Rickey Scott, a freshman at Tennessee State University. Metro police say Scott was found shot inside a room at Watson Hall dormitory around 1 pm Sunday. Detectives believe he may have been shot hours earlier. So far, police haven’t made any arrests. Students say Scott was upbeat and a “jokester.” “Always a smile on his face, always happy,” said student Caleb Jarmon. Students say the death has rocked the school as it gets ready for this week’s homecoming activities. Randle and other classmates are urging students to speak up and help bring justice to Scott’s family. “If you know anything, please say something please,” Randle said.

Man injured in hit-and-run crash dies from his injuries

Anthony Brownlow has died from his injries after being hit by a vehicle over the weekend. Brownlow was found Saturday night in the southbound lane of Dickerson Pike – just north of Trinity Lane. They say he was the victim of a hit-and-run crash. A witness reported seeing an SUV speeding from the scene. There are no sidewalks in this area of Dickerson Pike. Anyone with information about the vehicle involved and/or its driver was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

Mayor Cooper repeals former Mayor Briley’s executive order, calling it ‘flawed’

Mayor John Cooper has repealed an executive order made by former Mayor David Briley which called on state lawmakers to repeal an anti-sanctuary city law which is already in effect. All this comes following recent ICE activity throughout the city of Nashville. Cooper also stated that he has created a task force group that will consist of leaders across the community. The task force will provide recommendations for how Metro employees should communiaate and interact with immigration officials within the next 60 days.

Nashville police officer Josh Lippert, who fatally shot Jocques Clemmons, resigns

Officer Josh Lippert, the white Nashville police officer who came under scrutiny after he fatally shot Jocques Clemmons in February of 2017,  is resigning from the department. Lippert submitted a resignation letter on Friday and will leave the department on Oct. 25. After the shooting, the district attorney and police department both cleared Lippert of wrongdoing. Soon after the shooting,  District Attorney Glenn Funk asked the TBI to take over the police department’s investigation into Clemmons’ death, establishing a new precedent in Nashville.

Projected price tag of body cameras expected to rise

Yesterday, those in attendance at a public meeting about Metro Police’s proposed body camera heard the projected price tag, and it was staggering. Metro Police are set to roll out 3,240 body cameras to its officers before the end of the year. On Monday a consultant said that means nearly 13,000 hours of video each day will be recorded. This comes with a big price tag, at least $14 million to $30 million for staff in the DA’s office, $14 million for the Public Defender’s office and $2 million to $3 million for the criminal court system. These costs in a year when Metro Council will struggle to find enough money to balance the budget. The consultants got the numbers presented on Monday by looking at actual costs in other cities that have police body cameras.


Top 5 Things You Should Know Today (11-20-19)

Top 5 Things You Should Know Today (11-20-19)

MNPS teacher placed on leave for homework about the n-word An English teacher with Metro Nashville Public Schools has been placed on leave pending a disciplinary review for  homework in question  assigned to 30 students at Cane Ridge High School in Antioch.  The assignment was for them to write a one-page paper on the derogatory term…

Top 5 Things You Should Know Today (11-19-19)

Top 5 Things You Should Know Today (11-19-19)

Community Oversight Board Executive Director resigns William Weeden, the director of Nashville’s Community Oversight Board resigned Monday. Weeden stepped down from his after months of clashes between the board and Metro Police. The board confirmed Weeden’s decision but didn’t clarify his reasoning. It is unclear who will take over as the COB’s Executive Director. 3 People Shot &…

Top 5 Things You Should Know Today (11-18-19)

Top 5 Things You Should Know Today (11-18-19)

Trump Adviser Roger Stone Found Guilty of Witness Tampering, Lying to Congress Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone was convicted of seven crimes on Friday, including witness tampering and lying to Congress. Stone is the sixth Trump aide to be convicted of charges brought as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Trump tweeted that the…