Nashville Mayor wants to politicize the Police Department, Tennessean lighting the fire.

Mayor Megan Barry says she will mediate a rift between Nashville’s top two law enforcement officers.

The divide between Police Chief Steve Anderson and District Attorney Glenn Funk was further evidenced on Monday and Tuesday, when they went back and forth in sharp written memos about the recent investigation of an officer involved shooting.

“I will be meeting with General Funk and Chief Anderson to discuss their ongoing concerns about how we best instill confidence in all parts of our criminal justice system — from best practices for policing to how our DA and police work together to ensure trust and transparency,” the mayor’s statement said.

“We will work through differences and we will take any steps necessary to move forward. The public and the men and women of MNPD deserve no less.”

Last week, Funk announced his office would not prosecute Nashville police Officer Joshua Lippert in the Feb. 10 fatal shooting of Jocques Clemmons, 31, in the James A. Cayce Homes public housing community in East Nashville.

Read more: Police chief, DA exchange barbs over language in Jocques Clemmons investigation

Related: DA decides not to prosecute officer, but blasts bias and calls for work to be done

Funk and his staff also suggested that the police’s investigation of the shooting may appear biased because of language used on forms. Anderson rebutted any bias, and said the department was following standard operating procedures.

This isn’t the first time Funk and Anderson have publicly disagreed.

Extra: Who helps decide whether Nashville officers face charges for deadly force?

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