Senator's traffic stop part of Vanderbilt police debate

Senator's traffic stop part of Vanderbilt police debate


Associated Press

NASHVILLE (AP) - The effort to strip Vanderbilt University of its police force over a nondiscrimination policy for student groups has brought up a traffic stop involving a state senator, but the lawmaker says she doesn't know why the incident has become part of the debate.

David Fowler, president of the Family Action Council of Tennessee, said Tuesday the senator, whom he didn't identify, had been stopped on a major Nashville thoroughfare bordering campus.

University spokesman Jim Patterson confirmed to The Associated Press on Wednesday that Republican Senate Education Chairwoman Dolores Gresham of Somerville was given a verbal warning after being stopped last month for driving without her headlights on. He said she was "very thankful" to the officer.

Gresham said she would speak to Fowler about why he mentioned the incident.

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