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WPLN News Investigates
25 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Behind The Blue Wall, Part 3: MNPD's #MeToo Moment
24 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Behind The Blue Wall, Part 2: A 'Toxic' Culture
12 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Behind The Blue Wall, Part 1: A Captain's Fall From Grace
4 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Coming Soon: Behind The Blue Wall
In this series, we're going to tell you about what's been described as a toxic culture of misconduct and retaliation within the Metro Nashville Police Department. And the disciplinary system that has allowed that culture to thrive.
36 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Epilogue: A Win For No One
Three years ago today, a white Nashville police officer shot and killed a Black man while he ran away with a gun in his hand. He was supposed to stand trial for murder this July. Instead, he took a last-minute plea deal. And the victim’s family was outraged. Credits: WPLN News Investigates: Deadly Force is a production of Nashville Public Radio. Editing for this episode came from Chas Sisk, Emily Siner and Anita Bugg. The episode was written, produced and sound designed by me, Samantha Max. Damon Mitchell also contributed reporting. And a big thank you to the entire team at WPLN News. Pool audio from the plea hearing comes from NewsChannel5. Other news tape comes from channel 5 and Fox17. Find all our coverage of the case at wpln.org. This is Deadly Force, a WPLN News Investigation.
6 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
What Happened Inside The Courtroom And Out As Delke Took A Plea Deal
Deadly Force host Samantha Max was in court as Andrew Delke took a plea deal. She speaks with WPLN host Nina Cardona about the deal, how the sides agreed to it, and how people have reacted.
4 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Plea Deal: What We Know So Far About Andrew Delke's Agreement
The first Metro Nashville Police Department officer charged with murder for an on-duty killing will not stand trial after all. Jury selection for Andrew Delke’s trial was slated to begin next week. But his attorney says his client has agreed to a plea deal for voluntary manslaughter, which he will formally accept in criminal court.
6 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Expert Interview: What To Expect During Murder Trial Of Nashville Police Officer
Jim Todd has been practicing law for more than a quarter of a century. And as a defense attorney who also spent more than a decade in the Nashville District Attorney’s office, he’s seen the legal system from both sides. But next week, it won't be an ordinary civilian going on trial. It'll be a Nashville police officer, the first to be charged with murder for an on-duty killing.
6 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Expert Interview: Criminologist Says Murder Charge For Police Is Rare
After Officer Andrew Delke was charged with murder in 2019, host Samatha Max called up Philip Stinson of Bowling Green State University to talk through how rare it is for an officer to face such a serious charge. Delke is the first Nashville police officer charged with murder for an on-duty shooting — and one of just a few across the country. Jury selection for the trial begins next week.
6 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Expert Interview: Nashville Commander Discusses How Police Are Trained To Use Force
Commander Scott Byrd took on the role of Metro Nashville Police's director of training during a leadership change last year, and he's tried to establish himself as a reformer who’s committed to improving how Nashville police officers are trained. But the recent spate of shootings has put those promises to the test.
4 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
One Year Later: Catching You Up On What's Happened Since Deadly Force Launched
Deadly Force host Samantha Max chats with WPLN host Marianna Bacallao about what’s happened in Nashville since the podcast aired last July, including the naming of a new police chief and the shootings of five men by police. She also discusses how the case against Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin compares to the one against Nashville Officer Andrew Delke, whose trial begins July 6.
6 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Pre-Trial Hearings: Prosecution And Defense Spar Over Evidence
Metro Nashville Police Officer Andrew Delke is back in court today for the third in a series of hearings leading up to his murder trial next month. His attorney has called multiple witnesses and introduced new evidence to try to prove his shooting of Daniel Hambrick in 2018 was justified. WPLN's Samantha Max has been following the proceedings. She says they've focused on two issues that are likely to play a central role at trial: whether Delke had the right to shoot and a missing piece of surveillance footage. She sat down with Morning Edition host Nina Cardona to discuss the latest news from court.
37 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
Episode 4: The Cost Of Change
Cities across the U.S. are grappling with how to reform their police departments — or start over altogether — as one killing of Black person by police after another makes headlines. But in Nashville, like in most places, change has never been quick or easy. In this episode, we explore just how difficult it can be to spark real change. And why so many past reforms have failed to earn Black residents' trust. Credits: WPLN News Investigates: Deadly Force is a production of Nashville Public Radio. Editing for this episode came from Chas Sisk, Emily Siner and Anita Bugg, with additional editing from Tony Gonzalez, Meribah Knight and Dwight Lewis. Fact checking by Daniel Potter. This episode was written, produced and sound designed by Samantha Max. Chas Sisk, Shalina Chatlani and Tony Gonzalez also contributed reporting. Our music is from Blue Dot Sessions. The news tape we used in this episode comes from CBS and CNN. Archival tape of Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Ronald Reagan comes from the Miller Center at the University of Virginia and the Reagan Library. The advertisement you heard is from Vote No Nashville. Sound of Sheila Clemmons Lee delivering signatures comes from the Tennessean. Audio from the election night celebration is from Community Oversight Now.
34 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
Episode 3: The Last Straw
When Officer Andrew Delke killed Daniel Hambrick, he became the first Nashville police officer to be charged with murder for an on-duty shooting. But he's not the first to kill a civilian, nor the first white officer to kill a Black man. In this episode, we dissect half a century of trauma, anger and escalating distrust as one shooting after the next failed to bring about reform. And we try to understand why this shooting is the one that's going to trial.
32 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
Episode 2: Action Beats Reaction
Metro Nashville Police Officer Andrew Delke says he was following his training when he shot and killed Daniel Hambrick during a foot chase. So do his attorneys and supporters at the police union. In this episode, we take a deep dive into the department's training and culture that teaches officers when to use force. And the mixed messages officers receive, both in the academy and on the streets. Credits: WPLN News Investigates: Deadly Force is a production of Nashville Public Radio. Editing for this episode came from Chas Sisk, Emily Siner and Anita Bugg, with additional editing from Tony Gonzalez, Meribah Knight and Dwight Lewis. Fact checking by Daniel Potter. The episode was written, produced and sound designed by Samantha Max. Chas Sisk also contributed reporting. Our music is from Blue Dot Sessions. The dash camera audio you heard at the beginning of this episode is a YouTube clip featured in the Metro Nashville Police Department's Officer Survival course. Andrew Delke's interview audio comes from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
28 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
Episode 1: The Intersection
On July 26, 2018, the lives of two 25-year-old men crossed paths at a stop sign. That chance encounter would take one life and forever change another. And it would lead to the first murder charges brought against a Nashville police officer for an on-duty killing of a civilian. In this episode, we examine the lives of both men. Credits: WPLN News Investigates: Deadly Force is a production of Nashville Public Radio. Editing for this episode came from Chas Sisk, Emily Siner and Anita Bugg, with additional editing from Tony Gonzalez, Meribah Knight and Dwight Lewis. Fact checking by Daniel Potter. The episode was written, produced and sound designed by Samantha Max. Tony Gonzalez, Meribah Knight, Shalina Chatlina, Eli Newman and Chris Ehrman also contributed reporting. The music in this episode is from Blue Dot Sessions. The Metro Nashville Emergency Communications Center provided the police dispatch tape.
5 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
A nationwide movement has erupted in recent weeks, calling for drastic changes in law enforcement. These systemic issues aren't new. WPLN News is launching a new podcast, Deadly Force, which investigates how officers are trained to use force, as well as the role of race in policing.
2 minutes | Apr 17, 2020
WPLN News Investigates: Deadly Force — An Update
8 minutes | Jan 24, 2020
Episode 0: Prologue
Nine months before Nashville Officer Andrew Delke shot and killed Daniel Hambrick, he was criticized by supervisors. But not for use of force. It was a night when Delke didn't pull his gun. In the prologue to "WPLN News Investigates: Deadly Force," we'll glimpse into the mind of a police officer struggling to make sense of when to use his gun.
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