Nashville mayor announces new policy to make sure city is fighting crime effectively

Nashville Mayor David Briley (Photo: Metro Council website)

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) –

Mayor David Briley announced the institution of a policy to make sure Nashville is fighting crime effectively, he announced at a press conference on Wednesday.

Briley made the announcement after District Attorney General Glenn Funk released an additional video obtained from Martin Luther King Magnet School after the July 26 shooting death of Daniel Hambrick.

“It was important for General Funk to release this video for transparency in this investigation,” said Mayor David Briley in a release prior to his press conference. “This was a tragic event, and my prayers are with Mr. Hambrick’s mother and the rest of his family. I don’t know if there can be anything worse than losing your child.”

Briley said there were several videos of the shooting on July 26.

The District Attorney said in a statement on Wednesday the video released "will no longer compromise the integrity of the investigation."

Funk’s office expects the investigation into the shooting to be completed in the next two weeks.

Briley said he would be meeting with community leaders later Wednesday to discuss the video.

Following the incident on July 26, Mayor Briley has met with Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson and community leaders to discuss a comprehensive review of the Police Department’s policing strategies.

"No mother should ever have to bury her 25-year-old child and our police should only be required to make a snap decision to discharge their weapons when absolutely necessary,” Briley said.

The Mayor’s Office had already begun work with The Policing Project prior to the tragic event. The Policing Project, housed at the New York University School of Law, is a national organization dedicated to strengthening the relationship between police and the communities they serve.

“The Mayor has asked that the Metro Nashville Police Department undergo a comprehensive review of its policing strategies, and I have committed to that process with an open mind. We started that process some months ago working with NYU and its Policing Project, which has been beneficial for both entities,” said Anderson in a news release.

Anderson was not at Briley’s press conference on Wednesday.

The Policing Project has three basic principles that are appropriate for Nashville, Briley said. These include:

Robust engagement between police departments and the communities they serve around the policies and priorities of policing; When possible, policing practices should be guided by rules and policies that are adopted in advance of action, are transparent, and are formulated with input from the public; Police departments should develop and use sound metrics of success that encompass all of the goals of policing, including community trust.

“I appreciate the Chief for agreeing to participate in the community process that I’ll be leading, with The Policing Project’s help, to change our policing culture,” said Briley.

“We need more accountability for what happens when our police officers are on the streets, and we need to do more, on the front end, to guide how we police the city and ensure that our officers have the best training possible for defusing tense and challenging situations."

According to the Metro Nashville Police Department, 25-year-old Daniel Hambrick was shot and killed the evening of July 26.

Earlier that night, officers with MNPD’s Juvenile Crime Task Force noticed a car driving erratically. Officers tried stopping the vehicle, but the driver allegedly did not pull over. Police did not give chase, opting instead to expand the search for the vehicle.

Later in the evening, a Metro officer encountered a vehicle matching the car’s description in the parking lot of the John Henry Hale Apartments, near the corner of 17th Avenue North and Jo Johnston Avenue.

Video evidence gathered by TBI indicates three men exited the vehicle as the officer approached.

The TBI said Hambrick, who was driving the car, emerged with a handgun in his possession. The agency previously said investigators had obtained video appearing to show Hambrick with a dark-colored object in his hand.

According to the TBI, at least one Metro officer fired multiple shots at Hambrick, hitting him at least once.

Metro Police later identified 25-year-old Andrew Delke as the officer who was involved in the shooting.

It is unclear if Hambrick fired his weapon during the encounter.

Authorities have said Delke was not wearing a body camera during the incident.

Hambrick was transported from the scene and treated by medics but died shortly after being shot.

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