Consultants Hired to Evaluate Memphis Police Department

MEMPHIS, TN ( – With twenty police officers arrested in Memphis on various charges this year, this has been a summer of bad cop news. Especially when one officer remains under investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation after saying he shot and killed a fifteen year old boy in self defense. “It is disturbing news,” admits Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong. “It is unfortunate. We’re not proud of it, but we own it. We hold officers who break the law accountable for it.”

Armstrong says he is often frustrated as police director. It is tough to work on long range plans for the department when there are all these bad cop brush fires breaking out that need immediate attention. This time though, Armstrong and Memphis Mayor A C Wharton say they’ve got a good plan and a good start. “We realize,” Mayor Wharton says, “…there is just cause for concern in the community as a result of these highly publicized incidents of police officer misconduct.”


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