Barry, Fox Talk Policing In Final Televised Debate Of Nashville Mayoral Race

Sep 2, 2015

The final televised debate between David Fox and Megan Barry was relatively tame — a change from recent campaign events. They had few criticisms of their opponent. In fact, for much of it, they barely acknowledged each other.

But they touched on many familiar topics, including policing policies. When asked about decriminalizing marijuana, Fox had strong wording in support.

"We see the disparate impact. We see the complete damage and carnage it's causing to young people's lives, especially in the African-American community," he said. "I think if we don't do something about it, we are racist."

Barry's response was less pointed, though in previous forums she has said she supports the decriminalization of marijuana. She had a firmer answer when asked about police body cameras.

"Recently, the national movement, Black Lives Matter, talked specifically about what police should be doing. One was body cameras," she said. "I think it's really important."

Meanwhile, Fox said body cameras are probably a worthwhile investment, although they still have some privacy issues that need to be worked out.

Policing has been a topic of concern for black voters this year, and neither candidate fared well in the predominantly African-American parts of town during the general election. Both have targeted ads and outreach in those neighborhoods since.

Election day is Sept. 10. Early voting ends Sept. 5.