Councilwoman Bennett called Police after confrontation with Murray

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 4:30pm

District 8 Councilwoman Karen Bennett called Metro Police last week following a confrontation with District 5 Councilwoman Pam Murray outside East Branch Library, following a community meeting.

Bennett attended the April 28 meeting at the request of District 5 residents, who told her that Murray was not responding to their concerns. The meeting dealt with the rezoning of a property on Cleveland Street, which many neighbors oppose.

After the meeting, Bennett and attorney Jamie Hollin, who lives in Murray’s district, were exiting the library when Bennett approached Murray to offer condolences for the recent passing of a family member.

According to the police report, Bennett was then surrounded by Murray and several other African American individuals who became irate and yelled racial epithets at her.

After feeling threatened, Bennett got away and called police, but Murray and her group were gone before responding officers arrived.

The report did not lead to any charges nor was Murray interviewed regarding the incident.

The altercation outside the library last week came in advance of a combative Council meeting Tuesday night in which dozens of Murray’s constituents wore red T-shirts to the meeting in protest of three bills she has filed.

One of the bills would have allowed mobile vendors to operate on Cleveland Street, after Council previously passed legislation to not allow mobile vendors citywide. Murray withdrew that bill after Bennett tabled a motion to defer.

Afterwards, Murray said she was shocked by Bennett’s tabling motion and added that the action was “unethical.” Bennett refuted that claim, adding she was merely trying to represent citizens who felt ignored by Murray.

Murray has been under fire since the airing of a WTVF NewsChannel 5 report in late April that indicated she’s living a majority of the time in Detroit, where she works as a social worker.

After Tuesday’s meeting, Murray called the report false and said she only travels to Detroit for work twice a month for three or so days at a time. Murray’s Nashville residence is 802 Stockell Ave.

“I live in Nashville,” Murray said.

Murray wrote a letter attempted to explain her side of the incident with Bennett to Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors, which can be read here. The vice mayor suggested the two councilwomen resolve their differences, using a mediator if necessary.

Murray did not return a call for comment.


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7 Comments on this post:

By: eastnashville37207 on 5/7/09 at 3:20

The Vice Mayor is misinformed as this isn't between just Bennett and Murray.Murray has been involved with bringing her gangs of thugs into meetings to itimidate neighbors into doing what Murray wants. Pam did that when Pam and Sam where meeting with residents regarding the past election for District. Murray even had within her gang of thugs, local drug dealers who where housed right behind her house on N 2ND St and Hancock.

Neighbors needs to remove Murray from that District as she is a liability to the District. Keep in mind Murrays band of thugs pick up the pace while Murray is in Detroit, they do keep her informed and then Murrays thugs threaten the neighbors if they disagree with Murray.

Pam Murray is nothing short of being MOB LEADER not a Council Person. The crime Stats prove Murray's in bed with the drug dealers and prostitues in her district/her neighborhood and Murray with so many black people that she claims to represent have been shot numerous times or killed because of Murrays apathy.

For a better quality of life for the residents of Murrays District, to prevent more lives from ending Vice Mayor Neighbors needs to remove Pam Murray.

By: sc37206 on 5/7/09 at 6:40

Murray is OBVIOUSLY attempting the old school yard tactic "nu-uh, they did it, it wasn't me, it was them!"

My three year old is a master at it.

She as also been getting "Benny Word", sorry for the inside joke, with her constituents by the way she greets them. For example, when she saw some concerned members of her community were in attendance at her meeting, she greeted them with "here you go again, playing games..." "same old crowd..." then, escalating beyond the realm of even "Benny", she turned to her brother and said "I am not doing this, call some people and get them here, we need help". Shortly after some pacing and frantic dialing, more that a few of her "friends and family arrived to "help" by interrupting, loud phone conversations during the meeting (when asked to get off the phone so that there would be no distractions while the residents spoke Pam defended her brother -the man on the phone- by saying basically, he's ok, and derogatory comments that only escalated once the meeting adjourned, and the recorder was turned off . The funniest event was when CM Bennett called the police, Pam's "security force" RESPONDED BY ATTEMPTING TO COVER THEIR LICENSE PLATES WITH TOWELS IN A VAIN AND UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT AT AUTONOMY.....PLEASE!

All true, all witnessed and all fact. Council Lady Murray cannot help herself, she knows no other way to do business.

By: sc37206 on 5/7/09 at 6:46

Correction "in a vein attempt to remain anonymous" apologies for the miss used word , however, clearly her and her crowd have difficulty with governing themselves as well, so I don't feel that bad.

By: girliegirl on 5/7/09 at 7:31

Sorry guys, but both of these women and strong willed and powerful. I know each one personally, and their personalities clash. Everyone needs to step back and let THEM work it out. They both have my respect for what they've been able to achieve and what they've each overcome.

By: WayneJ on 5/7/09 at 7:32

Sounds as if what District 5 needs is a paper mill. Would Evergreen Packaging possibly consider relocating their Canton, NC facility to District 5?

By: TRHJR on 5/7/09 at 8:19

that meam scoundrel geo. BUSH , he made them do this...

By: Anna3 on 5/7/09 at 8:19

I know both of these women very well too! Karen Bennett is as good as they get! Pam Murray is scum.