Nashville District Attorney General Glenn Funk has pledged to investigate when judges attempt to influence police officers, backing a recent public request from the mayor and possibly exacerbating a rift with Nashville police, reports the Tennessean. “No judge should ever call a Metro officer in the middle of a traffic stop and instruct the officer not to issue a citation or make an arrest,” Funk said in a statement. “Any instances of such conduct which are referred to this office will be fully investigated.” The prosecutor’s words came after local leaders raised concerns about Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson’s decision not to discipline officers who, after receiving a call from then-judge Casey Moreland last year, let one of the judge’s paramours leave a traffic stop though she could have been arrested.
Moreland resigned in April and has since been indicted on five federal counts alleging he tried to interfere with an investigation of his misconduct and attempted to bribe a woman to recant allegations against him. In 2016, police say Moreland called a police sergeant after the woman, Natalie Amos, was pulled over. She was let go even though her driver’s license was revoked. Anderson said this week the officers would not be disciplined. Prosecutor Funk, Mayor Megan Barry, Vice Mayor David Briley and Councilman Bob Mendes have now all spoken out in opposition to judicial interference in police work.