Tennessee Republicans Look to Restrictions on Nashville's New Police Oversight Board

Tennessee Republican lawmakers are pursuing legislation that would let Nashville's new police oversight board remain but strip away its subpoena power, The Tennessean reports. Under Amendment 1 to the Metro Charter that Nashville voters approved in November, the community oversight board has "all powers, including the power to compel" that other Metro government agencies, boards and entities have. House Majority Leader William Lamberth, R-Cottontown, said he anticipated legislation aimed at serving as what he called a "safety net" to prevent "witch hunts" and protect the rights of police officers.
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