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A white Nashville police officer who fatally shot a black man in February near a public housing project will not face criminal charges, Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk said on Thursday.
Metro Nashville Police Officer Joshua Lippert had sufficient claim to self-defense in the Feb. 10 shooting of Jocques Clemmons to not be charged, Funk wrote in a report posted online.
Clemmons' death sparked protests in Nashville over the use of deadly-force by police, particularly against minorities.
At a press conference on Thursday after the decision not to charge Lippert was made public, local pastor Breonus Mitchell called for peace, saying civil unrest and damaging property was not going to help the community heal, the Tennessean newspaper reported.