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NAACP leader says he found a ‘bullseye target’ outside his Tennessee home

NCAAP leader says he found a ‘bullseye target’ outside his Tennessee home and that an officer said he thought it was ‘cool’ when he called police

  • Keith Caldwell, a pastor and head of the NAACP in Nashville, Tennessee, says a bullseye target appeared in his front yard Saturday
  • Caldwell in a Facebook post said that he found the ‘bullseye’ target on an easel-like holder in his front yard on Saturday night 
  • He later adds that a cop who came to investigate said it was ‘cool’
  • Police have since followed up and are investigating the case as an incident of intimidation
  • Caldwell, who says he believes the target was set up to intimidate him, is pastor of Key Memorial United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro

The head of the NAACP in Nashville, Tennessee says a bullseye target was left in his front yard over the weekend – and when he reported it to the police, the officer dimissed the threat calling it ‘pretty cool.’ 

Cops have since launched an investigation after Nashville NAACP President Keith Caldwell said he spoke with a police supervisor about the incident Saturday evening and the officer’s dismissive reaction.

Caldwell in a Facebook post said that he found the ‘bullseye’ target on an easel-like holder in his front yard on Saturday night. 

Keith Caldwell, head of the NAACP in Nashville, Tennessee (pictured), says he stumbled on a bullseye target in his front yard over the weekend and that an officer who came to investigate said it was ‘cool’

Caldwell posted an image of a bullseye target (pictured) that he says appeared on his lawn Saturday evening

Caldwell posted an image of a bullseye target (pictured) that he says appeared on his lawn Saturday evening

‘I understood that it was meant to intimidate me, that literally I’m a target and particularly with the work that I do. So I called the police,’ he told WKRN .

When commenting on the officer who seemed to dismiss his report, Caldwell says he believed the officer might not be ‘culturally competent’, or that he needed sensitivity training.

‘It felt like to me he didn’t care,’ Caldwell says. 

Caldwell said he followed up with police, who now say the officer’s conduct is under review. 

The Nashville Metro Police is also investigating the case as an incident of intimidation.

The NAACP leader says he believes the target was set up to intimidate him, especially because of his work with the civil rights organization.

Caldwell said he followed up with police, who now say the officer's conduct is under review. The Nashville Metro Police (pictured) is investigating the case as an incident of intimidation

Caldwell said he followed up with police, who now say the officer’s conduct is under review. The Nashville Metro Police (pictured) is investigating the case as an incident of intimidation

On his Facebook post, he explains that he informed the responding officer he took the bullseye target ‘as someone sending me a threat!’

Caldwell, who is also pastor of Key Memorial United Methodist Church in Murfreesboro, about 35 miles south of Nashville, described how the target was set up in front of his home.

‘They had to climb up on my fence to put it in my yard as my gate is locked,’ he wrote in the social media post. 

Keith Caldwell, head of the NAACP in Nashville, Tennessee (pictured),  says he stumbled on a bullseye target in his front yard over the weekend and that an officer who came to investigate said it was ‘cool'

Keith Caldwell, head of the NAACP in Nashville, Tennessee (pictured),  says he stumbled on a bullseye target in his front yard over the weekend and that an officer who came to investigate said it was ‘cool’

He also described the responding officer’s reaction to the target.  

Caldwell says the cop ‘then shrugs his shoulders and said that he, “thought the target was pretty cool.”‘

‘I informed him that I am the local NAACP President and have deep concerns about what this could mean for the safety of my life and the lives of my family members,’ Caldwell explains. 

‘I expressed him that it concerned me that he was so flippant about the matter.’ 

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