Today is my 46th Birthday. It’s been a crazy month. I’m thankful for all of the love and support that I’ve received from friends, friends of friends and total strangers as I’ve dealt with my Tennessee ordeal. In lieu of birthday wishes, I have a favor to ask.

Let’s keep up the pressure on the officials in Knoxville and Jefferson County. I want them to remember that just because the media attention has died down, our determination to see changes at the department hasn’t waned.

Please take a moment to send your version of this email to the list of officials below. You’re also welcome to call and voice your concerns. I’ve provided a contact list below.

Dear __________,

 

As you review and discuss Tonya Jameson’s complaint against Officer Matt Janish, I strongly encourage you to discipline Janish for pulling a gun on Ms. Jameson, an African-American woman who was changing the plates on a car she purchased from Officer Janish’s mother-in-law.

 

Officer Janish overreacted, plain and simple, to the presence of a black woman. He should have kept his gun holstered, asked questions, checked paperwork, and moved along. Ms. Jameson complied with Officer Janish’s requests and offered repeatedly to show the paperwork. The encounter could have had the tragic ending that has been become all too familiar in our country when police officers rush to draw their weapons.

 

Officer Janish should be suspended without pay and make a public apology to Ms. Jameson. The City of Knoxville and Knox County should review its policies and training. Integrating recommendations, strategies and training outlined in Campaign Zero’s 10-point plan for law enforcement that protects and preserves life could prevent encounters like these from happening.

 

I look forward to hearing from you on the outcome of the Officer Janish investigation and the changes you plan to incorporate.

 

 

Thank you,

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CITY CONTACTS
Police Chief David Rausch 
800 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. 
Knoxville, TN 37915
 
Knoxville PD on social media
 
Police Advisory & Review Committee Office
 
Mayor Madeline Rogero
 
City of Knoxville
Mayor’s Office
P.O. Box 1631
Knoxville, TN 37901
 
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COUNTY CONTACTS
Sheriff Bud McCoig
765 Justice Center Drive
Dandridge, TN 37725
 
John Neal Scarlett
Budget committee chair for Jefferson County, which controls the Sheriff’s Department’s budget so he can put pressure on the Sheriff to do better. He can also pressure the Sheriff to request funding for some officer training.
 
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STATE CONTACT
Gov. Bill Haslam
State Capitol Bldg.
Nashville, TN 37243-0001
 
 

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III

Telephone: (615) 741-3491
Office of the Attorney General and Reporter
P.O. Box 20207
Nashville, TN 37202-0207