53-year-old Vicki Melvin now has 36 charges spread among 21 arrests. Her most recent was on Monday, when Metro Police charged her with a Class B Felony for crack cocaine, which would have carried an 8+ year sentence. The DA’s let her plea to a simple possession charge with a 6 month probated sentence, less than 24 hours after her arrest.
Metro Police arrested 22 people during a CoreCivic protest in August, and Police Chief Anderson demanded “corresponding and commensurate consequences” in an unusually heated statement about the incident. The District Attorney’s Office has now decided NONE of the cases will be prosecuted, and can now be expunged, despite the Chief’s wishes.
Metro Police say they won’t be filing charges at this time in the Christmas day shooting death of 18-year-old Alijah Williams, on Creekview Drive. Williams was shot and killed by 19-year-old Montarius Bean on the front porch, then went to his car, where he died.
On Saturday, Edward Albert Batson, 65, was arrested, for his 159th charge in Nashville – and for the 66th time, the charge was dismissed. Are we so overcrowded that we are just dismissing minor charges, sometimes before they even get past intake/holding? It seems if you have 49 charges for public intoxication – at some point should you stop making the arrests, or petition the court for mandated rehab? Instead Nashville is just turning them back onto the street, without help or supervision, just charges dismissed. 159 charges in…