Nashville police officer decommissioned after comment about Minnesota shooting

A Metropolitan Nashville police officer has been decommissioned and an internal investigation has been launched regarding a Facebook post on his personal account in reference to an officer-involved shooting in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, that left one man dead.

Chief Steve Anderson directed that Hermitage Precinct midnight shift Officer Anthony Venable immediately be decommissioned pending the results of the internal investigation into a post he made from his personal Facebook account.

Hermitage Precinct supervisors were made aware of the post at 3 p.m. Thursday, where Venable, during a Facebook conversation, wrote, “Yeah. I would have done 5,” an apparent reference to the number of shots in the Minnesota case.

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

The Office of Professional Accountability started the investigation into the specific posting and Venable’s Facebook conversation.

“The police department is treating this matter very seriously and took immediate action, regardless of what he claims the context to have been,” Chief Anderson said in a press release.

Venable has been with the police department for eight years.