Grand Jury Indicts Metro Officer on More Than 50 Counts of Misconduct

Jiyayi Ahmet Suleyman

NASHVILLE, TN – Nashville’s first Kurdish police officer will soon be tried on more than 50 charges of official misconduct after a joint investigation by Metropolitan Nashville Police Dept. and TBI agents resulted in his arrest.

According to an investigative file first obtained by News4, Suleyman was a member of the Kurdish Pride Gang, a group known for selling illegal guns and drugs. Police said he lied on his application about who he was and who he hung out with.

Once on the inside, he used the state computer database system to look up fellow gang members, which is against the rules.

TBI agents began assisting Metro Police with their investigation into Suleyman’s alleged misuse of governmental records on March 13 at the request of 20th District Attorney Glenn Funk.

The investigation confirmed Suleyman’s “excessive” use of the Criminal Justice Portal System on his days off and after hours between Sept. 2016 and Nov. 2017.

Suleyman resigned from the police department on March 30. News 4 has not been able to reach him.

After a Davidson Co. Grand Jury’s decision to indict him on 57 counts of official misconduct, Suleyman was arrested and booked into Davidson Co. Jail on a $75,000 bond.

Officials with Metro said they can’t comment because of the pending criminal investigation.

His next court date has not been announced.