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Mayor Barry Statement on Ongoing Discussions between the TBI and MNPD

March 31, 2017

Mayor Megan Barry has made the following statement after the release of a series of emails between District Attorney General Glenn Funk, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and Metro Nashville Police Department regarding the ongoing investigation into the shooting death of Jocques Clemmons and negotiations over a Memorandum of Understanding for future investigations into the actions of an MNPD Officer that result in the death of another person:

“This has been a learning experience for all parties involved, as this is the first officer-involved shooting in Nashville that the TBI has been asked to investigate. When General Funk made the decision to ask the TBI to investigate nearly a week after the shooting, a large portion of the criminal investigation had already been undertaken by the MNPD. Following General Funk’s decision, the MNPD immediately provided all available evidence to the TBI as they started their own investigation.

“There are two separate issues outlined in the emails provided by General Funk to the media: the investigation into the shooting of Jocques Clemmons and a Memorandum of Understanding on future investigations of officer-involved shootings that result in a death.

“On Wednesday, March 29, I met with the TBI, MNPD, and District Attorney to discuss these issues. At that meeting, the TBI expressed full confidence in the progress and integrity of the ongoing investigation in the death of Mr. Clemmons. Throughout the investigation, both the TBI and MNPD have been committed to finding the truth and have been vigilant in collecting evidence and information that will be presented to the District Attorney in the shooting of Mr. Clemmons by Officer Lippert.

“The MNPD and TBI are still working on language for a Memorandum of Understanding for future investigations. I am confident that an agreement will be reached that will establish a process for a full and independent investigation by the TBI into officer-involved actions that result in the death of another person. While we all agree that the MNPD is fully capable of conducting a thorough and fair investigation into an officer-involved shooting, an independent investigation is important for maintaining the public’s trust and confidence in the result.

“I will continue working with Chief Anderson and General Funk to ensure an MOU is established for any future officer-involved shootings resulting in a death, while also hoping there is not a situation in which it would be needed.”