Coalition alleges civil rights violations in Nashville police HQ relocation

Justice for Jefferson Street
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A group of residents, civic leaders, students and community members formally requested an investigation into federal civil rights violations regarding the proposed location for the new police headquarters on Jefferson Street and racial profiling in Nashville.

The announcement came Monday, as did the official civil rights complaint against the Nashville mayor’s office, Davidson County government and Metro Nashville Police Department.

Metro police Headquarters rendering at Jefferson Street
A rendering of the proposed Metro Nashville Police Department headquarters on Jefferson Street

It was filed by the Justice for Jefferson Street Coalition and the African American Cultural Alliance.

The group has previously rallied and voiced their concerns over the department’s move.

The investigation request comes the same day Chief Steve Anderson released a rendering of what the proposed police headquarter would look like on Jefferson street.

Anderson said while the sketch is still in draft form, it “offers the community an idea of what the $23 million office building would look like.”

It would house the administrative functions of the police department, including the chief’s office, the offices of the three deputy chiefs, human resources, payroll, fiscal affairs and research staff.

Jefferson Street would continue to be served by the men and women of the North Precinct, which is located on 26th Avenue North.

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