Seven Nashville officers put on admin duty over leak of Covenant shooter’s manifesto

Seven Nashville detectives have been placed on administrative assignment while an investigation is conducted into who leaked school shooter Audrey Hale’s writings.

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The action took place on Wednesday and the police department is claiming it is not punitive. They are also refusing to release the names of the officers involved.

NBC’s Nashville affiliate reported on the development as police attempt to ascertain how commentator Steven Crowder got a hold of three handwritten pages of the manifesto. It’s evident that authorities did not want them to go public due to the alleged content of the documents. Crowder claims that none of the seven officers were involved in the leak.

“Seven individuals are on administrative assignment to protect the integrity of the active, progressing investigation,” department spokesperson Don Aaron told the news outlet.

According to Crowder, an unidentified person contacted a member of his website’s investigative unit. They claimed they had in their possession several pages of the shooter’s writings.

“A member of his team flew to Nashville to meet the source, who showed him images of the documents embedded in a text exchange with a person Crowder described as a ‘Nashville detective,'” the New York Post reported.

Crowder said his team was then able to research and authenticate them, paving the way for their release,” the outlet added.

The Covenant School and several victims’ family members have opposed the release of the writings but some media sources as well as law enforcement groups have argued they should be released to the public.

“You have now allowed [the shooter], who terrorized our family with bullets, to be able to now terrorize us with words from the grave,” Brent Leatherwood, one of the Covenant parents stated.

“I am deeply concerned with the safety, security, and well-being of the Covenant families and all Nashvillians who are grieving,” Nashville Mayor Freddie O’Connell remarked via a statement after Crowder released the writings.

He vowed to launch an investigation into the matter with the assistance of Nashville Police Chief John Drake.

Crowder has not backed down over the release of the writings and is standing firm on the premise the public has a right to know what the shooter’s motive and ideology was for killing students and teachers that day. He noted that manifestos from other mass shooters were released in a timely manner whereas this one was buried.

“This was one that did not follow along with that narrative,” he commented. “And a lot of people thought it was necessary for this to be out. And there are people involved with the Nashville PD who also believe things have not necessarily been transparent.”

“Nashville police initially said they would release at least 20 journals and a ‘memoir’ belonging to Hale after their investigation concluded,” the New York Post wrote.

“But they have since cited lawsuits related to the materials in delaying any release,” the news outlet further stated.

Hale was transgender and evidently deeply disturbed. Her writings indicate an intense hatred against whites and those who are “privileged.”

One page, dated February 3, 2023, slams affluent children “with their white privlages [sic].”

“Those crackers, going to private fancy schools with those fancy kwakis [sic] and sports backpacks,” Hale allegedly wrote according to the New York Post. “W/thier daddies mustangs and convertibles. F— you little s—-. I wish to shoot you weakass d—- w/your mop yellow hair.”

On one page titled “DEATH DAY” that she decorated with a picture of a gun and doodles, Hale allegedly wrote that she was “a little nervous, but excited too.”

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“Can’t believe I’m doing this, but I’m ready,” she asserted. “God let my wrath take over my anxiety…I hope I have a high death count.”

Hale murdered three 9-year-olds in her rampage that day at the Christian school: Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs, and William Kinney. She also cut down three school employees: Katherine Koonce, 60, the head of the school, custodian Mike Hill, 61, and 61-year-old substitute teacher Cynthia Peak.


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