NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A week-and-a-half after Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk decided not to charge a Metro officer in the shooting death of a 31-year-old man, members of the “Justice for Jocques” coalition held a town hall to talk about the response from city officials.
Officer Joshua Lippert killed Jocques Clemmons in February during a confrontation after a traffic stop. The DA has since said a witness backs up the officer’s statement that Clemmons picked up a gun shooting and killing him.
“We don’t want to see it happen to anybody else. I don’t want to see it happen to anyone sitting in this room – anyone outside of this room,” Clemmons’ sister said. “But, I don’t know. I just don’t want to see it happen to anyone. So now my fight is for the children. My fight is for those that can’t win because of the color of our skin.”
Representatives for “Justice for Jocques” claim city officials should do more to make people in minority communities feel safe.
“We are asking to be heard because time and time again, we are dismissed, we are told that we are just a small group of loudmouths and that we’ll eventually go away,” Theeda Murphy said.
She continued, “It does not appear to be politically expedient for them to show up and we want to show them that’s not true, that we are indeed speaking for many people in the community.”
The “Justice for Jocques” coalition formed shortly after Clemmons’ death on February 10. Members said they want to see the police report about his death made public and also want Officer Lippert fired.
Members also want to know protocol for firing a police officer and want Metro officers to wear body camera.
The group is also demanding a civilian review board and they want to end MDHA funded police occupation in Cayce Homes and all public housing.