Nashville Police Officer Suspended for Posting Black Panthers Photo

Steve Anderson

Nevertheless, he has been decommissioned as an officer pending the results of the department's investigation, meaning he cannot now serve on the force and, depending on the findings, may eventually either be officially fired or reinstated for active duty.

Around 3 p.m. Thursday, just hours after Castile's shooting, police in Nashville became aware of one officer's personal Facebook post. Anderson had previously told The Tennessean that he was concerned that people were judging all police by the actions of the police officers involved in the shootings of Sterling and Castile.

The chief referenced the moment of silence observed by Dallas after five of its officers were killed by gunfire during a peaceful march remembering victims of deadly police shootings this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Falcon Heights, Minnesota.

Venable has been with the police department for eight years and now works the midnight shift.

MNPD Chief Steve Anderson immediately decommissioned Venable pending an investigation into the comment. And Anderson says that includes "implicit bias training".

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When questioned by a supervisor late this afternoon, Venable acknowledged the post, but said it was a form of sarcasm directed at a person with whom he was electronically conversing on Facebook.

Minimizing use of force necessarily begins with proper communication skills, especially in tense and fast moving situations.

On behalf of this police department's 1,900 employees, almost 1,500 of them sworn officers, I am sincerely grateful for the support of Nashville's citizens and businesses.

Organizers from Black Lives Matter Nashville are still planning to hold a vigil at Public Square Park in downtown Friday night. Mayor Megan Barry also released this statement: Nashville has not been the site of the sort of videos that have dominated national news in recent years, wherein black men are shot by (often white) police officers.

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