James Shaw, Jr., applied to be a part of Nashville’s Community Oversight Board. After he missed his first scheduled interview, he showed up to the second interview wearing a hoodie and cut up jeans, when every other nominee was in business casual, at the least. He appeared uninterested, and even bothered to have to answer questions, however the real surprise came with what he actually told city council members in his responses.
Shaw explained how the Oversight Board would be lucky to have him and his platform as a part of it. Under the “Community Service” portion of his application, Shaw listed ‘voting’ & ‘personal appearances’ as how he gave back to the community. When asked about his missing his first interview, Shaw said “I gave $250,000.00 away, you’ll have to take me at my word” about showing up for future meetings.
James Shaw Jr says finished by saying he has many police friends, and problems between black men and police force and authority are the fault of the black men and their upbringing, not the police.
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Shaw is known for disarming a gunman armed with an AR-15 style rifle during the Nashville Waffle House shooting in Antioch, Tennessee and saving lives as a result