NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro Council has unanimously approved a resolution that provides $1 million for extra equipment for the police department and sheriff’s office.
The equipment would include body armor in the form of ballistic vests that can stop rounds from rifles.
The Metro-Nashville Police Department says would only be used in emergency situations.
Opponents held a small rally outside Nashville’s courthouse Tuesday night before the meeting, calling the measure an attempt to militarize the police force.
Metro police Chief Steve Anderson said he wants to provide his officers with the best possible equipment in the wake of police killings across the United States.
After the vote, the police department tweeted a photo of the vests and said, “Thanks to Mayor Barry & Metro Council for allowing officers to soon have vests like this available for extreme calls.”