CONFIRMED: Nashville Police Chief slams release of Audrey Hale manifesto, vows to investigate until leaker is found

"This police department is extremely serious about the investigation to identify the person responsible."

The Nashville Metropolitan Police Department released a statement on Tuesday, decrying the leak of the trans school shooter's manifesto that Steven Crowder released on his show Louder with Crowder on Monday.

The statement from Chief John Drake reads:

"I am greatly disturbed by today's unauthorized release of three pages of writings from the Covenant shooter. This police department is extremely serious about the investigation to identify the person responsible.

"This action showed a total disregard for Covenant families, as well as the court system, which has control of the shooter's journals at the present time due to litigation filed earlier this year. It is now pending in Davidson County Chancery Court and the Tennessee Court of Appeals. We are not at liberty to release the journals until the courts rule. Our police department looks forward to the ultimate resolution of the litigation concerning the journals."

On March 27, Audrey Hale, a young woman who identified as trans masculine, packed up a slew of firearms and went to the Covenant School in Nashville. She took the lives of three children and three adults before she was shot and killed by officers responding to the scene. 

Shortly after the tragedy, it was discovered that police had found her writings both on her person and in her car. Those writings, which came to be known as a manifesto, were not released. A FOIA request was filed, and politicians and well as journalists demanded that the material be made public. As Hale had identified as trans, many progressive politicians as well as media pundits attempted to portray her as a victim of transphobia.

Parents from the Covenant School filed a motion to prevent the release of the materials. 

Crowder obtained the pages and broadcast them on his Rumble show. Immediately afterward, Nashville Mayor Freddie O'Connell vowed to investigate how the leak occurred. The authenticity of the materials was confirmed locally. The police also said that they would look into who leaked the information. The FBI did not comment.

YouTube removed Crowder's show from the site, and Facebook also suppressed the information.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.
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