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REVERSAL: Nashville Cop Now Charged With Homicide of Daniel Hambrick.

After a Nashville judge said this morning there wasn't enough evidence to charge a Metro officer with the murder of Andrew Delke, a second judge has determined there IS enough to charge him with Criminal Homicide.

Hambrick was shot 4 times in the back while running away from Officer Delke after a traffic stop.

Statement from the Nashville District Attorney:

This morning I requested a warrant charging officer Andrew Delke with criminal homicide. The decision to institute charges by warrant as opposed to presenting the matter directly to a Grand Jury allows this case to be presented in open court in as transparent a manner as possible, because Grand Jury proceedings are secret and not open to the public.

As this is a pending criminal case, I will have no further extrajudicial comments.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee applauds the latest turn of events that led Officer Delke to turn himself in after working a desk job with Metro Police while the case was being investigated.

Here's a statement from The Community Oversight Now coalition, a group formed after the shooting, wanting an oversight committee to be formed.

"We are encouraged by today's move toward accountability with the indictment of Officer Andrew Delke by Metro Nashville DA Glenn Funk for the July 26, 2018 homicide of Daniel Hambrick. We stand with his family and the community that was traumatized by his death. While the news is encouraging in regards to this decision, Community Oversight Now reinstates its insistence there be independent oversight of policing in Nashville. There has long been a call for more transparency in the investigations, training and misconduct of Nashville police officers. There has been a tone-deaf response by all departments of local government involved regarding police actions. The video footage of Delke’s execution of Hambrick was horrifying. Shooting a man in the back who is unarmed and in the process of running away from an officer is entirely unacceptable. The February 10, 2017 shooting of Jocques Clemmons reignited a call for independent oversight of policing when Officer Joshua Lippert fired three shots into the back of Mr. Clemmons as he ran from a traffic stop. This came on the heels of eight disciplinaries that found Lippert had been written up for overly aggressive responses to citizens when detaining them. In the case of Andrew Delke there are equally egregious documented violations where he went well beyond any reasonable response when seeking to detain persons. The coalition of organizations called Community Oversight Now, and thousands of Nashville citizens, worked tirelessly on a referendum that allows voters to decide on the oversight process. With the decision today to indict Officer Delke we are both grateful for the indictment and convinced moving toward this referendum was the right thing to do. When Nashville votes on November 6th, the democratic process can maintain this momentum by voting FOR Amendment 1."

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