In late June, a well-known attorney was in court for a hearing after MNPD charged him with assault of an officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and public intoxication. People present during that hearing report the officer recanted his sworn affidavit on the stand. Scoop Nashville immediately requested those court recordings, which are traditionally provided within 1-2 days. Nine days later, the office replied they had expunged those public records.
Scoop Media Group has filed suit in Chancery Court against Montgomery County, Tennessee, for denial of access to public records. In January, the local Court Clerk began redacting details from public arrest affidavits. The denials began after a phone call from the County’s Public Information Officer, Michelle Newell, who told Scoop that she did not agree with how Scoop published public records, and would be seeking legislation to prevent future publication, and would restrict access going forward.
#OpenRecords: Metro Council Member Ed Kindall has 9,388 unread emails in his official nashville.gov email account. He says they are “just thousands of for/against somethings”.
All Metro Council member Russ Pulley had to do was tell his constituent ‘NO’, he wouldn’t help her break the law. Instead, he conspired with codes to issue her an illegal permit to have a business with customers coming to her home – a privilege denied to every other Nashvillian. It turns out ‘NEW’ Nashville is just as corrupt as ‘old’ Nashville.
THP Trooper Michael Parker filed a complaint with the state concerning a THP Sergeant that was allegedly falsifying time sheets. He then filed an open records request regarding the inquiry, and was demoted within 20 minutes of filing the request.
A judge granted an emergency ex-parte order of protection against an MNPD Officer for 2 citizens that presented a complaint. He signed the order. The officer was decommissioned, OPA got involved & the complainant suddenly withdrew the complaint, OPA cleared the officer, returning her to duty, the Officer sued the citizen for $5K, profited a lot more than she would have made working, and the MNPD is still refusing to honor any records requests about the incident.