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Attacks on Nashville Police Lead to New Measures

April 14, 2016  | 

Metro police are setting up mobile video cameras and beefing up patrols in an East Nashville public housing development after two officers were attacked and seriously injured in less than a 24-hour period while trying to help residents in the low-income neighborhood, the department's top police official said Wednesday.

"I want to be clear that Officer Josh Hausman on Monday night and Officer Matthew Cammarn last night had come to that neighborhood to protect citizens from harm and were themselves attacked," Nashville police Chief Steve Anderson said, referencing James Cayce's crime-laden community on South Seventh Street. "Attacks on police officers are absolutely unacceptable and will not be tolerated by this city. Thankfully, Officers Hausman and Cammarn are going to be OK."

Metro Nashville (TN) PD Officer Matthew Cammarn was attacked Tuesday. (Photo: Metro Nashville PD)
Metro Nashville (TN) PD Officer Matthew Cammarn was attacked Tuesday. (Photo: Metro Nashville PD)

Cammarn, an East Precinct police officer, was attacked about 6 p.m. Tuesday as he attempted to arrest a man whom the officer saw assault a woman in the neighborhood that consists of 716 families and 1,900 residents. He was released from Vanderbilt University Medical Center after treatment for a concussion and will remain on medical leave for several days, reports the Tennessean.

Metro Nashville (TN) PD OfficerJosh Hausman was stabbed in the hand Monday. (Photo: Metro Nashville PD)
Metro Nashville (TN) PD OfficerJosh Hausman was stabbed in the hand Monday. (Photo: Metro Nashville PD)

Hausman, a Central Precinct police officer who was stabbed in the right hand around 9 p.m. Monday while trying to break up a fight between two women over men, also remained on medical leave Wednesday. Police spokesman Don Aaron said Hausman, a three-year department veteran, may be out on medical leave for some time because he had to get stitches for his wound.

Anderson said the department has asked local members of the faith-based community to establish a presence in the area to reduce tensions and work toward a non-violent resolution to disputes.

In addition, he said, over the next several days additional officers and a task force will be assigned to the neighborhood.

The department also planned to install mobile camera systems in the area Wednesday, Anderson said, with one deployed to the specific area where the officers were assaulted.

Officers will also patrol the area in pairs in an effort to not only increase their safety, but also the community's, Anderson said.

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Adrian Stroud @ 4/14/2016 5:37 PM

So disgusted to see this. Speedy recovery. No officer should go into a housing project alone. They should send multiple units at all times.

kevCopAz @ 4/14/2016 5:44 PM

This should not surprise anyone. A criminal miscreant is just that a sociopathic low life, if they are in a project or in the wealthy areas. Im sure the BLM types have not said a word about this, since to them Blue lives don't matter at all. I worked (walking beat) the worst projects in Phoenix for years and I know that there were very bad folks there, yet that was a minority of the residents. The vast majority were glad to have us, supported us (even if secretly) and were prisoners of the criminals. So we LEOs have to remember who we are there to protect, the good folks, and not blame everyone who lives there. Granted the "community" should stand up in rage and not only verbalize that this is unacceptable but reach out and cooperate with PD to attack and defeat the criminal element that makes them all look bad. I hope this will happen, but sadly doubt it because once again to most folks "Blue lives" do not matter.

Ron Martinelli @ 4/14/2016 6:32 PM

Welcome to the new paradigm shift in policing and the "War on Police." This is the future of law enforcement unless city and police administrators get some guts and a solid education into the "Black Lives Matter" movement, it's ideology and goals and objectives to disenfranchise and distance law enforcement from the minority community; and then systematically intimidate, defund and disassemble law enforcement in order to usurp the rule of law. Their false narratives of police brutality resonate with the criminal community, are spread by an under-informed, biased mainstream media and turn our officers into easy targets. This will get far worse before it gets better unless police learn how to control and forward our own positive messages of truth and community service.

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