Fraternal Order of Police Sues to Block Nashville Police Oversight Referendum - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Aug 21, 2018
The Nashville Fraternal Order of Police has sued to block a vote on the creation of a community oversight board, which would appoint citizens to review complaints on law enforcement. The Tennessean reports that the referendum, which would appear on the Nov. 6 ballot, was initially approved when a group submitted a petition with more than 8,200 signatures. The Metro Charter allows such referendums on the ballot if a petition is signed by 10 percent of the number of voters who voted in the “preceding general election.” The FOP lawsuit argues that the last general election was not in 2016 but the special mayoral election held this year to replace Megan Barry, which had a significantly higher number of voters and would thus mean more signatures would be required for the vote.