Press Release – Justice for Jefferson

Justice for Jefferson Street Coalition
African American Cultural Alliance
Nashville Chapter of Black Lives Matter
Save TSU Community Coalition

Press Conference Announcing Formal Requests to
Investigate Federal Civil Rights Violations

Monday, June 1, 2015 at 12:00 pm
(Metro Historic Courthouse, One Public Square)

Nashville, TN- A coalition of residents, civic leaders, students, and community members will be announcing formal requests for investigations into federal civil rights violations regarding the new police headquarters on historic Jefferson Street and racial profiling in Nashville. The press conference will take place on Monday, June 1st, 12:00 pm at the Metro Historic Courthouse, One Public Square, in Downtown Nashville.

An official civil rights complaint will be filed with the Title VI TDOT Civil Rights Office on Monday, June 1st. The complaint is brought against the Office of the Mayor for Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Government and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) by the Justice for Jefferson Street Coalition and the African American Cultural Alliance. The complaint alleges that Metro Nashville and MNPD excluded large portions of North Nashville and African-American residents in its decision to build a new MNPD headquarters on historic Jefferson Street.

The Nashville Chapter of Black Lives Matter and other community members are submitting a separate request to the Civil Rights Division’s Special Litigation Section in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The request asks the DOJ to investigate MNPD’s administration of the Operation Safer Streets program. A preliminary investigation found that Operation Safer Streets selectively and overwhelmingly targets communities of color, with more than 16,000 motorists and residents stopped by this program from January 2014-May 2015.

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