News briefs from across Tennessee
Posted: Friday, August 28, 2009 8:01 pm
Forum on racial profiling held in Nashville
NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville police officials told a forum at Fisk University that racial profiling serves no purpose in community policing.
The NAACP forum at the historically black campus invited community members and police together to discuss the issue on Thursday. The event was part of a monthly series dubbed “Black in Nashville,” organized by the NAACP to examine quality-of-life issues.
North Precinct Commander Anthony Carter said police don’t pull people over based on race, but said traffic stops are a good tool to fight crime. Carter said the stops are an effective way to deal with gang activity.
At-large Metro Councilman Jerry Maynard who moderated the event told the Tennessean that communities want police to get criminals off the street, but they don’t want an overrepresentation of black people being pulled over.
Soldier surrenders in fatal stabbing
CLARKSVILLE (AP) — Police in Clarksville say a Fort Campbell soldier, wanted in a fatal overnight stabbing, has surrendered.
The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle reported Donald Ray Green Jr. turned himself in at a convenience store this morning.
Police had obtained a criminal homicide warrant for Green after a stabbing on Thursday night in the parking lot of a supermarket near the U.S. Army post that sits on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line.
Police said the victim — whose name was not immediately released — managed to walk across Fort Campbell Boulevard into Kentucky before collapsing. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Convicted man being classified at Nashville prison
KNOXVILLE (AP) — A convict sentenced in Knoxville to life in prison without parole has arrived in Nashville.
Letalvis Cobbins will be evaluated at the Charles B. Bass Correctional Complex before being assigned to a regular prison.
The Knoxville News Sentinel quoted Knox County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Martha Dooley who said Cobbins — of Lebanon, Ky. — arrived in Nashville at midafternoon Thursday.
A Nashville jury who heard the trial in Knoxville convicted Cobbins on Tuesday in the 2007 carjack killings of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom.
The same jury sentenced Cobbins on Wednesday.
Three other people also face separate murder trials in the slayings.
Published in The Messenger 8.28.09