Driving While Black A Report on Racial Profiling Metro Nashville Police Department Traffic Stops

Our report shows that “driving while black” constitutes a unique series of risks, vulnerabilities, and dangers at the hands of the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) that white drivers do not experience in the same way.

Upon reviewing MNPD’s traffic stop database, our report finds that:

• Between 2011-2015, MNPD conducted 7.7 times more traffic stops annually than the U.S. national average

• Between 2011-2015, MNPD made more stops of black people than there were black people 16 years old and over living in Davidson County

• Between 2011-2015, MNPD consistently and unnecessarily stopped and searched black drivers in predominantly black, Hispanic, and low-income communities at rates substantially higher than they did white drivers in predominantly middle to upper income communities

• MNPD consent searches are invasive and fail to yield incriminating evidence 88.4% of the time.

• Evidence of unlawful activity is found during searches of white drivers more often than in searches of black and Hispanic drivers

• Nearly 80% of all MNPD traffic stops in 2015 result in a warning, and, in traffic stops including a search of the vehicle or driver, between one-third and half result in a warning, which means hundreds of thousands of drivers are being stopped and searched unnecessarily every year

• Since 2012, Operation Safer Streets (OSS) has resulted in more than 58,000 vehicle stops and 11,000 arrests, the vast majority of which were concentrated in communities of color. More than 90% of OSS arrests were for misdemeanors, often for possession of small amounts of marijuana or driving without a license, and more than 80% of stops yielded no evidence that warranted arrest.

See the report HERE:


Home – Council on Policing Reforms & Race

On October 18, 2020, the National Policing Institute, formerly the National Police Foundation, announced the formation of the Council on Policing Reforms and Race, an independent initiative to support excellence in policing, address racial disparities, and build and enhance trust and legitimacy.

The Council is a majority African American-led nonpartisan initiative that will use research and evidence to consider and offer recommendations to resolve some of the most significant and pressing issues concerning policing reforms and race. In launching this effort, the Institute acknowledges the role that racism, bias, culture (societal and organizational), and patterns and practices have played in the deterioration of trust and respect between law enforcement and Black communities. The Institute will encourage the Council to offer commentary,
— Read on www.councilonpolicingreforms.org/

Mayor Karen Bass Statement On the Deaths of Takar Smith, Keenan Anderson & Oscar Sanchez | Mayor Karen Bass

This statement by Mayor Bass reads disingenuous to police. It reads that if the investigations exonerate the police Mayor Bass will disagree.

As far as dealing with Mr Anderson. When the officer tried to deescalate and calm Anderson for 10 minutes and then Anderson runs into a busy traffic intersection not only does the officer have to control an accident scene he has to control Anderson for his safety, the safety of other motorists, and conduct a possible criminal investigation.

Apparently Mayor Bass thinks by her statement that this is an easy task. Even if other mental health workers were on scene they would have needed the police to gain control of Mr. Anderson and remove him from the traffic intersection.

LOS ANGELES – Mayor Karen Bass today issued the following statement: “I have grave concerns about the deeply disturbing tapes that were released today. My heart goes out to the families and loved ones who are mourning the loss of Takar Smith, Keenan Anderson and Oscar Sanchez.
— Read on mayor.lacity.gov/news/mayor-karen-bass-statement-deaths-takar-smith-keenan-anderson-oscar-sanchez

The Misuse of Police Authority in Chicago – A Report

The Misuse of Police Authority in Chicago, a Report and Recommendations based on hearings before the Blue Ribbon Panel convened by the Honorable Ralph H. Metcalfe – Police Accountability Task Force, Chicago, Illinois
— Read on chicagopatf.org/2016/01/04/the-misuse-of-police-authority-in-chicago-a-report-and-recommendations-based-on-hearings-before-the-blue-ribbon-panel-convened-by-the-honorable-ralph-h-metcalfe/

Innovative solutions to address the mental health crisis: Shifting away from police as first responders

Stuart M. Butler and Nehath Sheriff explore novel approaches to mental health crisis intervention and how they could be expanded and improved to serve more communities across the country.
— Read on www.brookings.edu/research/innovative-solutions-to-address-the-mental-health-crisis-shifting-away-from-police-as-first-responders/

Enhancing Accountability: Collective Bargaining and Police Reform | Manhattan Institute

When states mandate collective bargaining in government–labor relations, they cede a certain amount of authority to unions representing workers to determine the structure and operations of public agencies.[5] Unions representing police officers thus play an important role in shaping police…
— Read on www.manhattan-institute.org/enhancing-accountability-collective-bargaining-and-police-reform

Policing Without the Police? A Review of the Evidence | Manhattan Institute

In the wake of the death of George Floyd and the summer of protests and riots that followed, police reform has once again caught the nation’s attention. But whereas past cycles of this debate have focused on changes to the police as an institution—antibias trainings, new use-of-force…
— Read on www.manhattan-institute.org/policing-without-police-review-evidence