As if the Tennessee Highway Patrol didn’t have enough controversy to
deal with, another inquiry by a Nashville newspaper has revealed the flubbed
handling of investigations by the organization’s own internal affairs
On Sunday, Feb. 19, The Tennessean reported that THP officials had not taken notes, recorded interviews or saved
any public documents related to a number of ongoing investigations, which
violates policies in the patrol’s rulebooks.
According to news reports, Interim Safety Commissioner Gerald Nicely
has ordered the reopening of five harassment cases, after The Tennessean questioned him about the
sketchy interview techniques.
“I had a meeting yesterday with everybody involved, and letting them
know I’m unhappy about these things continuing to happen,” Nicely told The Tennessean.
The reopened cases are the latest in a string of scandals
to emerge from Tennessee’s state and local police forces, most of which stem
from an ongoing investigation by The
Tennessean. The newspaper has uncovered more than a dozen incidents,
with allegations ranging from sexual misconduct to high-level cronyism
throughout the state’s police force and various levels of government.