Metro police officer charged with domestic assault

Monday, May 7, 2012 at 1:18pm
Staff reports
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Brandon D. Smith

An off-duty Metro police officer faces misdemeanor domestic assault charges after his girlfriend alleged that he hit her in the face at his apartment in South Nashville.

Brandon D. Smith, 35, a four-year police department veteran, has been suspended and will now be the subject of a separate administrative investigation by the police department.

Detectives arrested Smith Sunday morning. He later was released on $1,000 bond.

According to police, the 29-year-old woman told them an argument between the couple began at a Bellevue pub and continued after they left. She called police from Smith’s apartment to report being assaulted.

7 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 5/7/12 at 12:07

What is it that propels police officers to have a penchant for beating other people up?

By: Ask01 on 5/8/12 at 2:15

Raputin72, read "Breaking Rank" by Norm Stamper.

Mr.Stamper is a retired Cheif of Police but he really slams police as being some of the worst offenders in many categories. One of the categories is domestic violence.

The book is disturbing in the picture painted of law enforcement in this country, and , while he does try to defend the so called 'good cop' he does admit many are too frightened of retribution to report bad behavior.

Mr. Stamper even details, as unbelievable as it sounds, how cops are pretty much professional liars and even taught to lie.

Read the book. It is eye opening. Then consider how Mayor Dean is attempting to justify his tax incease by wanting more of these folks.

By: govskeptic on 5/8/12 at 6:41

Just one of dozens of stories monthly across this state of Law Enforcement
Officers breaking criminal laws. Pubs, badges, and "love/lust" can sure spell
trouble for all!

By: NewYorker1 on 5/9/12 at 9:09

There should be higher standards set before someone can become a Police Officer. They should be REQUIRED to have at least a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice, they should go through an extensive background check and a series of mental and emotional evaluations by a seasoned psychiatrist. They should also be tested regularly for drugs and their credit checked annually. Anything less than an 800 credit score should result in an immediate termination

By: Radix on 5/9/12 at 10:54

Yeah... that would probably disqualify 3/4 of police. You don't need a degree to write parking tickets or direct traffic. Maybe this is all this guy did?

By: standingonthetop on 5/10/12 at 8:33

Wow! You people just love to talk smack about the police when you can! It's easy to hide behind a seemingly anonymous commentary right? Well first of all are condemning this officer when he hasn't been convicted or found to be guilty of ANYTHING as of yet...only accused. Don't you think he deserves a trial BEFORE you all hang him? It's called "due process" folks...your dumb police hating asses should google it if you don't understand constitutional rights.

And New Yorker...the P.O.S.T (Peace Officer's Standards and Training) Commission in Tennessee DOES require most of what you stated...mandatory psych testing, and a very extensive background investigation. That's just to make the cut to go to the academy. Then the instructors weed out as many others as they can by extreme physical, academic, and yes further psychological stress factoring to weed out even more. The training in the Metro Police Academy is twenty weeks and the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy is 10 weeks. The difference being a "dormitory" setting Monday through Friday for the state academy, and Metro being 7 to 4 Monday through Friday and not being a "dormitory" setting. To make it through the academy is quite an accomplishment and one to be VERY proud of.

And as far as the ridiculous statement that every officer should have an 800 credit just plain ridiculous. Statistics show that 91% of the U.S. population has a credit score of less than 700.

Maybe you should research your rants a little more before trying to point the accusatory and exemplary finger at others. Just sayin'.

By: Ask01 on 5/13/12 at 7:40

So many issues to discuss. From which point should I begin?

First, considering the likelihood expressing such opinions to officers would result in all manner of charges, hoping one or two can be made to stick, or at least to attempt to intimidate a citizen, and goodness knows how much excess force because the officer perceived a threat or non compliance, I believe this is a perfect forum to discuss opinions regarding law enforcement "professionals."

As far as condemning someone before a trial, I propose a theory law enforcement engages in this every arrest. I believe they often have already made up their mind the person aprehended is the correct target, therefore, have already in their mind, anyway, convicted their prisoner. The impression from so many news stories is police like to quickly find a favorite suspect, focus on them, and are reluctant to look further and endanger an arrest record, admit mistakes, or bring on more work. So be careful pointing fingers, as three more point back.

The most distressing to me is the almost canned response from law enforcement and supporters, attacking their critics,, dismissing them as purely ignorant, "dumb police hating asses" assuming an undeserved air of superiority. All the while failing, it seems, to perform any manner of introspection, honestly assessing if officers actions have brought this on themselves.

Some police seem to have elevated themselves to ivory towers, in many cases, assuming an "us vs them" attitude when dealing with the civilians the supposedly serve but seem to secretly look down on.

These 'dirty arrogant cops' are the ones who drag down the honest, decent police.

Read Norm Stamper's "Breaking Rank" if you want some insight as to how police alienate those they serve, and how these blue walls can be broken down to regain some public trust.

For some info on police behaving badly, WhenTennesseepigfly is a great site as is CopBlock.

Eye opening information.