Nashville oversight board pushes for audit

after receiving edited bodycam video from Metro police

The Metropolitan Nashville Community Oversight Board is pushing for an audit after officials realized Metro police sent them edited bodycam video.

The board now wants to find out whether other videos have been edited.

This goes back to 2021 when someone filed a complaint with the Community Oversight Board.

The board said one of MNPD’s officers was disrespectful.

The oversight board requested documents from the police, including body camera footage of the interaction. Police Chief John Drake said in a report that the officer used profanity.

Jill Fitcheard, head of Metro Nashville Community Oversight, discovered there was no profanity in the bodycam video. She realized it had been edited out by a Metro employee.

“The clip was done very skillfully, and the conversation just continues like nothing ever happened,” said Jill Fitcheard. “So, of course, that draws red flags because now I don’t know if we have to go back and look over the many, many cases that we’ve had to determine if the video footage we had in the past had any of those types of editing.”


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