After a deadly shooting on Tennessee State University’s campus, the university president vowed to make campus security a top priority.
TSU President Glenda Glover unveiled a new security plan to keep students and faculty safe.
Channel 4 took a close look at who will be implementing that plan and doing the protecting. What we found raises questions about who TSU is choosing as their police officers and how they are choosing them.
TSU has 25 commissioned officers. Channel 4 found 11 of them had troubling backgrounds.
Donald Lawman works at TSU as a police officer. He was previously indicted by a grand jury after investigators said he and his wife went to the back door of a doctor’s office, sometimes in uniform, and used fake Social Security numbers to get prescription drugs.
Lawman was also suspended from Metro police after his police department gun was stolen out of his personal vehicle.
Lawman resigned from the Metro police force. His record was eventually expunged and he no longer has a criminal record.
Christopher Brooks was caught sleeping on the job repeatedly while with Metro police. He left the department after being accused of making repeated sexual advances at women in downtown Nashville in 2008.
Brooks also works as a TSU officer.
The Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission, or P.O.S.T., took away Brooks’ certification. He appealed and won.
While that was good enough for TSU, Nashville Fraternal Order of Police President Danny Hale said the university needs to dig deeper.
“In the vetting process, it’s just better that they did in a little deeper,” Hale said.
Keith McGrapth’s Metro personnel file said he left work in his police uniform and patrol car. He then went to a club to help women onto the stage during a bikini contest.
After leaving the club, officials said he crashed his car into another car that was parked on the side of the highway.
McGrapth was also suspended for allegedly having drugs in his car and destroying them.
Metro investigators also said McGrapth back-dated forms so his coworker, James Lawrence, Jr., could work an off-duty job at the Sheraton Hotel.
Both McGrapth and Lawrence resigned. They now both work together as officers at TSU