Feds take no action after reviewing police shooting
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Department of Justice has concluded its review into a deadly shooting involving a Metro Nashville Police officer and said no further investigation is warranted in the case.
The decision was announced Friday morning in a statement from the DOJ, in conjunction with its Civil Rights Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“The United States Attorney’s Office, in conjunction with the FBI and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, has concluded the review of the investigations by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation into the Jocques Clemmons deadly force incident. We conclude that no further investigation or action is warranted.”
Jocques Clemmons was shot and killed by Officer Josh Lippert back in February after a traffic stop.
Metro Police conducted its own investigation, similar to what they have done for years; but after outcry from the community, District Attorney General Glenn Funk asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to step in.
Funk announced in May that no charges would be filed in the case. Metro Police recommended exoneration for Lippert.
However, NAACP officials and the Justice for Jocques Coalition have expressed their frustration and anger following the announcement.
Metro Police released the following statement after the DOJ’s conclusion:
“The police department agreed with the decision of federal authorities for the FBI to monitor the investigation. We appreciate the diligence of the FBI and the Department of Justice in their review.”
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