Police officer who pulled over McNair, Kazemi challenges suspension

Friday, September 21, 2012 at 6:22pm

Former Metro Nashville Police Department officer Shawn Taylor was handed a nine-day suspension for his actions during a traffic stop involving Steve McNair and Sahel Kazemi days before the two were found dead in a condo of the former Titans quarterback.

Taylor is now challenging that suspension — and another nine-day suspension for unrelated comments he made on Myspace — through an appeal in Davidson County Chancery Court.

According to the court filings, Taylor stopped Kazemi after he spotted her driving 54 mph down Broadway. During the stop, he had an allegedly inappropriate conversation with another officer in which he stated he was “just trying to find a DUI.”

Taylor originally told the other officer that McNair was intoxicated, but he still ended up charging Kazemi with a DUI. Two days later, according to police, Kazemi shot and killed McNair before killing herself in the downtown condo.

Administrative Judge Lynn England determined Taylor’s actions to be “unprofessional and irresponsible” in an order on May 31.

The court filings reveal that Taylor also received a 15-day suspension in 2003 for another incident involving McNair.

Taylor currently lives in Attleboro, Mass., according to court documents.

13 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 9/21/12 at 5:08

Moving to Attleboro was a wonderful move for Taylor and the city of Nashville.

Where in the world does Nashville get these cop applicants?

By: tafjr19@aol.com on 9/21/12 at 9:22

Taylor is a complete idiot. What a coward using his enforcement to pull over high profile citizens just for the publicity. Oh, how I would like to find Taylor out of uniform and teach him some ethics. What a wuss.

By: sonny1024 on 9/22/12 at 8:19

Rasputin72 Most are escapees from mental hospitals chain gangs a few from the planet wannabe and the rest where just derelicts off skid-row.Anyway that's what i heard.

By: cudaviper on 9/22/12 at 6:57

Just try and apply for the position, if you get that far, see how far you get in the 24 week course. You guys haven't a clue about the real world.

By: srm512ss on 9/22/12 at 9:20

Ahhhh another lame post by Rasputin72 commenting on the police department. Listen all the people who work at MNPD know Taylor is a moron. He got what he deserved and was suspended. I don't here Rasputin acknowledging the seriousness of the drug culture we have in Nashville's youth. Now a 17 year old is dead and a 20 year old man will spend the rest of his life in prison. These men and women are going a great job keeping you and the community safe. You sir are a MORON.... Put on the uniform. OH WAIT must have had a bad experience with METRO... sorry can't help STUPID... Your comments RASPUTIN are always baseless.

By: fedup105 on 9/24/12 at 6:39

First, this story is inaccurate. Taylor is actively employed as an officer. Second, people may not like his decisions, but apparently he's a good officer because he's a training officer as well. The suspension is unjust. His phone call was in the privacy of his car and who care that he told another officer who he had stopped. As far as the MySpace comment, every other person is entitled to their free speach, so much they curse and slander officers and just because he puts on a badge, higher standard or not, itdoesn't take away his rights just as they are afforded to the scum around the city. I hope he not only wins his case but that Metro faces damages.

By: standingonthetop on 9/24/12 at 8:05

First off...I know Officer Taylor. He is an honorable man...a former Marine...and a damn fine officer. His only problem seems to be that he is NOT a "conformist", which as far as I'm concerned isn't a bad thing. He's not a "political ass kisser" and he gets his job done. If you really want to go after bad or corrupt cops then start in the Chief's office.

By: NewYorker1 on 9/24/12 at 1:08

What's the point, they are both worm hotels now.

By: Rasputin72 on 9/24/12 at 3:59

If I were a person who aspired to be a cop I would be absolutely p--=off at my comments. Anyone with a great deal of self-esteem probably never had one thought or inclination to become a cop.

By: TITAN1 on 9/25/12 at 8:54

I can't comment on every officer, but the ones I know personally are dedicated family men and take their job seriously. They put their lives on the line every time they put on that uniform. I would say that the majority of the ones I don't know are the same way.

By: NewYorker1 on 9/25/12 at 1:26

I HATE cops. Even the few that are in my family. Their egoes are so big and they are so cocky. I can't stand them. I love when I see one has gotten killed.

By: TITAN1 on 9/25/12 at 7:23

new yorker, as I have said before I hope a police officer finds out who you are and is waiting for you to make one false move. To say what you just said, whether you meant it or just starving for attention is sick. You have issues and they WILL catch up with you.

By: whitegravy on 10/30/12 at 12:45

alot of people even hated JESUS.......their wil always be that hate element in our society......society would be anarchy without cops, theyare puppets of the state, but necesary