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A Nashville police officer’s ties to a now-closed Antioch food and game business are being investigated after allegations of inappropriate behavior surfaced.
Gilbert Ramirez, a 13-year veteran of the department who served as the El Protector liaison to the city’s Hispanic community, has been decommissioned and placed on desk duty pending the completion of the investigation and possible further disciplinary action.
The investigation is related to Ramirez’ involvement with Global Fun N Food at the Global Mall, which closed permanently in early June, according to MNPD. The business was managed by Ramirez’ domestic partner, the department indicated.
Ramirez, a release from the department said, has been the El Protector liaison for 11 years. Part of that role involves running camps for elementary and middle school students, for which he charged $25 per child.
Also, Ramirez was recorded in at least two videos promoting activities at the business unrelated to the El Protector program, was seen at the business multiple times while on duty in uniform and off duty. MNPD also report Ramirez promote events at the location on his personal social media accounts, even while his profile photo was of himself in a police uniform.
Officer Brenda Navarro, presently a South Precinct midnight shift officer, will assume El Protector duties effective Aug. 1, MNPD reported.