Mayor questions why MPD officer back on job

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -Memphis Mayor A C Wharton has vowed he will get to the bottom of why police officer Terrence Shaw, who is under investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in the September shooting death of a teenager, is back on the job.

Mayor Wharton caught by surprise by a decision made by the police department’s deputy director to allow Shaw to come back to work, behind a desk. He won’t be carrying a gun or be able to make arrests, but he’s back on duty in what’s called “non-enforcement” status.

Mayor Wharton is concerned about the public perception of Officer Shaw’s return while he is still the subject of an ongoing  state investigation into a teenager’s shooting.

Shaw, who previously was cleared of any wrongdoing in the 2009 shooting death of a Frayser man, has been at the center of an investigation into Thompson’s death.

At the time Shaw was off-duty and later alleged Thompson attempted to rob him before Shaw shot the teen. A day later, Mr. Wharton called in the TBI to investigate the shooting and announced the entire MPD operation was going to be scrutinized from top to bottom.

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