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Nashville's annual Night Out Against Crime came in the midst of a summer that's seen a dramatic rise in violence. At a park in East Nashville, a neighborhood where shootings are the highest in decades, parents and police gathered for a night of peace.

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The Department of Justice is recommending that Nashville conduct a thorough study of its policing culture. The direction comes after a white Metro police officer fatally shot a black man earlier this year.

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District Attorney Glenn Funk is defending state investigators’ decision not to re-interview a key witness in the fatal shooting of Jocques Clemmons by a city police officer. Funk said the investigation’s mission was to gather the facts independently, and he trusted state agents to do just that.

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Summer usually means an uptick in crime. But across Nashville, shootings and homicides have already been going up for months. In one precinct, in East Nashville, murders are on pace to double.

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The complete investigation file on the fatal shooting of a black man by a white metro police officer was released today. Among the 615 pages of material, is concern over how the man’s gun was handled at the scene and a single witness who claims the officer used a racial slur just moments after the shooting.

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The city’s largest public housing development is getting a handful of new police officers.

MDHA, the city’s housing authority, is giving Metro Police $100,000 to put a team of four new officers on the streets of the James Cayce homes. However, they won’t be driving: The officers will do their patrol on foot and on bikes.

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Since 2012, Nashville has spent $547,000 dollars dealing with alleged police misconduct, records show. That includes judgments and settlements. But the District Attorney’s recent take on the fatal shooting of Jocques Clemmons by Metro officer Joshua Lippert could open the department to more lawsuits.

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Nashville’s district attorney has cleared Metro Police Officer Joshua Lippert in the fatal shooting of a man in February.

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Following the February shooting of a man at the hands of a Metro Police officer, demands are mounting to create a civilian review board. It would oversee and arbitrate complaints leveled against the Nashville police. A coalition of grassroots activists is beginning to draft a plan, and council members are weighing their support. But Mayor Megan Barry says she’s not interested.

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Nashville’s Police Department wants to bring back the neighborhood cop—on foot. It’s not an obvious choice for a sprawling city like Nashville. But it’s one that aims to put the community back into policing.

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