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Nashville mayor names 7 Nashvillians to Christmas bombing special review committee

The Tennessean (Nashville) logo The Tennessean (Nashville) 3/6/2021 Staff Reports, Nashville Tennessean

Seven Nashvillians will join Metro's Christmas Day Special Review Committee tasked with investigating the Dec. 25 bombing, Mayor John Cooper announced Friday.

The committee of downtown property owners, community partners and public safety experts will review the events and circumstances that led to the blast, which destroyed some buildings and severely damaged several others in Nashville's historic Second Avenue district.

a man standing in front of a microphone: Nashville Mayor John Cooper gives an update on the investigation into the explosion that hit downtown on Christmas morning. © George Walker IV Nashville Mayor John Cooper gives an update on the investigation into the explosion that hit downtown on Christmas morning.

The committee can suggest policy changes, procedures or other improvements based on its findings, according to a news release.

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The Metro Council created the committee by ordinance on Feb. 16. It operates separately from Metro Police Chief John Drake's After Action Review panel, which was formed in January.

Cooper appointed a variety of leaders in the Nashville community, including:

  • Jamie Hollin, principal at the Law Office of Jamie Hollin and former Metro council member in District 5;
  • Andres Martinez, director of policy and communications at Conexion Americas and chair of Nashville's Community Oversight Board;
  • Leshuan Oliver, captain of the Vanderbilt University Police Department and member of Mayor Cooper's Policing Policy Commission;
  • Brenda Sanderson, downtown resident and co-owner of The Stage, Legends Corner, and the Second Fiddle in downtown Nashville;
  • Paul G. Summers, attorney, former senior judge on the Tennessee Supreme Court and former Tennessee attorney general;
  • Darrell Talbert, president of Icon Entertainment Group (which owns several museums, honky-tonks and eateries downtown) and member of Mayor Cooper's Policing Policy Commission;
  • Margie Quin: CEO of End Slavery Tennessee, law enforcement veteran and member of Mayor Cooper's Policing Policy Commission.

Vice Mayor Jim Shulman appointed two people to the committee: Council member Jennifer Gamble, who chairs the Metro Council Public Safety Committee, and Mario Avila, founding director of the Turner Family Center for Social Ventures at Vanderbilt University.

Cassandra Stephenson covers business at The Tennessean, part of the USA Today Network — Tennessee. Reach Cassandra at ckstephenson@tennessean.com or at (731) 694-7261. Follow Cassandra on Twitter at @CStephenson731.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Nashville mayor names 7 Nashvillians to Christmas bombing special review committee

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