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Metro Police Officer Andrew Delke fatally shot Daniel Hambrick as Hambrick was running away, based on new footage released by the Davidson County District Attorney's office Wednesday afternoon.
The surveillance video obtained from nearby Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School offers the clearest view yet of the deadly incident, which occurred near the intersection of 17th Avenue North and Jo Johnston Avenue in North Nashville on the evening of July 26. The DA's office released the video, saying the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation had "determined that the release of this video will no longer compromise the integrity of the investigation." Hambrick is black, and Delke is white. Both were 25 years old at the time of the shooting.
In the video, Hambrick can be seen sprinting around a corner toward 17th Avenue with Delke chasing a few yards behind. Delke appears to fire once, striking Hambrick, and then again as Hambrick stumbles forward. Hambrick falls to the ground and Delke approaches him with his gun trained on him. Hambrick can be seen lying on the ground for roughly two minutes before officers approach his body. Officers never appear to administer aid to Hambrick. A video recorded by a bystander shows the aftermath of the shooting, during which officers appear to place Hambrick in handcuffs.
Immediately following the shooting, the Metro Nashville Police Department released an image of a handgun they say Hambrick was carrying. It's not clear from the new footage whether Hambrick was holding a gun when Delke fired on him.
At a press conference held at the same time the video was released, Mayor David Briley said he has asked MNPD to "undergo a comprehensive review of its policing strategies," including the use of force, as well as which officers are assigned to units like the Juvenile Crime Task Force, which Delke was working with when the shooting occurred. Briley also said he and the police department would further a collaboration with The Policing Project to improve the city's police culture. Some activist groups working for police reform have expressed skepticism about the city's relationship with the NYU based organization and argued that it is being used as a way to preempt efforts to create a community oversight board.
Some notes from the mayor's press conference:
— Although Briley had already seen the footage of the shooting, reporters had not yet received it at the time of the press conference. Briley avoided answering questions about what he took away from the video and declined to describe it when asked.
— When asked about the MNPD releasing an image of the gun Hambrick was allegedly carrying, as well as Hambrick's mugshot, immediately following the shooting — and about the notion that the department quickly tilted the narrative in their favor by doing so — Briley emphasized that the TBI is conducting an independent investigation.
"I think the important thing is that the TBI is going to conduct an independent and thorough investigation and reach a reasoned conclusion about what transpired under these circumstances. The [memorandum of understanding] between the TBI and Metro police is new and my guess is that over time we'll make some improvements in terms of communications coming out right after the shooting. But I am confident that the TBI will do an independent, thorough and reasoned investigation that results in a conclusion about what happened."
— Briley was asked whether he was "for or against a [community oversight board]."
"I am for civilian oversight of our police department," he said. "I have made a commitment to make sure that we have oversight of the police department."
Asked whether he specifically supported the proposal to create a community oversight board that is likely to appear on the November ballot as a referendum, Briley said: "I support having community oversight over our police department. That particular proposal, I have questions about."