The Metro Nashville Police Department revealed that seven officers have been reassigned following the leak of a school shooter's manifesto this week.
The writing from shooter Audrey Elizabeth Hale was found after the shooting deaths of three staff and three students in March at Covenant School.
Nashville police say 7 on admin assignment after purported leak of Christian school shooter's manifestohttps://t.co/wGYIDXlnlN
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"Seven individuals are on administrative assignment (absolutely non-punitive) to protect the integrity of the active, progressing investigation. All seven have full police power. We are not identifying any of the seven by name. Not fair to them," a police department spokesperson said Wednesday afternoon.
"Unverified documents appearing to be crime scene photographs of the killer's notes would explain why police quickly called the mass shooting 'calculated and planned.' Police also said the three purportedly leaked pages of the manifesto would only represent a snippet of Hale's writings," Fox News reported.
🚨 BREAKING: Nashville mayor launches investigation into leak of trans Nashville shooter’s manifesto
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"Following the leak of the transgender Nashville shooter’s alleged manifesto on Monday morning, Mayor Freddie O’Connell said that the city has launched an investigation into how the images of the writings were released," according to the Post Millennial.
"I have directed Wally Dietz, Metro’s Law Director, to initiate an investigation into how these images could have been released. That investigation may involve local, state, and federal authorities. I am deeply concerned with the safety, security, and well-being of the Covenant families and all Nashvillians who are grieving," O’Connell said.
Three handwritten pages from the shooter's writing were released in the leak.
Authorities later confirmed that the writing was authentic and announced the investigation that has now led to seven unnamed officers being reassigned.
The handwriting claimed in one line that the shooting was only "an hour and seven minutes away."
The tragic shooting continues to impact the Nashville community with the release of parts of the manifesto bringing back the emotions again to those involved.