Seven Metro Nashville police officers have been placed on administrative assignment as the police department is investigating who leaked the Covenant School shooter Audrey Hale’s manifesto.
In a statement Metro Nashville Police stated “seven individuals are on administrative assignment to protect the integrity of the active, progressing investigation.”
The manifesto was originally brought to the public’s attention after political commentator Steven Crowder released Audrey Hale’s manifesto on his show.
Within the manifesto Hale wrote that she wanted to “kill those crackers” with “white privileges.”
BREAKING: 7 Nashville officers were just placed on admin leave in connection with the release of the #NashvilleManifesto.
The powers that be are more concerned about finding the leaker than they are about the contents of Audrey Hale’s anti-white manifesto.
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) November 8, 2023
Here’s what WSMV shared:
Metro Nashville police confirm seven officers have been placed on administrative assignment, as the department continues its active investigation into who leaked three pages from The Covenant School shooter’s writings.
As WSMV4 Investigates continued to dig into the leak, investigative reporter Stacey Cameron received information that multiple officers had been placed on leave this week in connection with the department’s investigation into the source of the leak.
When WSMV4 reached out to MNPD to confirm that information, department spokesperson Don Aaron wrote back stating that “seven individuals are on administrative assignment to protect the integrity of the active, progressing investigation.”
Aaron emphasized that the administrative move was “absolutely not-punitive” and that out of fairness to the officers, the department would not be identifying them.
According to Aaron, all seven officers continue to have full police power as the investigation moves forward.
On Monday, a source confirmed to WSMV4 Chief Investigator Jeremy Finley that the three images leaked on social media did belong to The Covenant School shooter.
7 Nashville police officers placed on administrative assignment after Covenant leak https://t.co/4aM2ms1MFt
— Phil Williams (@NC5PhilWilliams) November 8, 2023
Per Channel 5 News:
Seven Metro Nashville Police Department officers have been placed on administrative assignment during an ongoing investigation into the leak of The Covenant School shooter’s documents, according to the department.
MNPD confirmed it is non-punitive and meant to protect the integrity of the investigation; all seven still have full police power.
On Monday, three images of the Covenant shooter’s documents were released on a talk show, streamed online. None of the documents have been made available to the public since March 27, when three adults and three children died and the shooter was shot and killed by police.
According to the MNPD manual, administrative assignment is when an employee has been approved by the appointing authority to be absent from their normal assigned tour of duty and no other type status is appropriate.