Tennessee jails have more inmates than beds

Posted in Uncategorized on December 10, 2012 by WhenTennesseePigsFly

Tennessee’s jails are bursting at the seams. Nearly half of the state’s 109 jails have more inmates than beds, some holding two or three times as many inmates as they are certified for. Detainees in these counties find themselves sleeping on floors in common areas, using portable showers and toilets brought in so jails remain legal to operate. They’re subject to be shipped off to other counties when the fire marshal comes calling or the floor space runs out.

Such overcrowding is costly. Counties with more inmates than beds may find themselves more vulnerable to lawsuits, see their jail insurance policies skyrocket or get canceled, have to pay another county to house some of their inmates or be forced to build a new jail. And jails are expensive.



MPD Consultants Look to Weed Out Bad Cops

Posted in Uncategorized on December 9, 2012 by WhenTennesseePigsFly

MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) – The group battling against too many secrets had their first meeting behind closed doors. The three member consultant team for the Memphis Police was named just a few weeks ago by Mayor A C Wharton. You folks pay them. They can meet privately, however, because they are not elected officials.

Two members are retired cops, and the third is a local minister. He’s Pastor Keith Norman, and he wants to set the record straight. “We are not the police force,” Pastor Norman says. “We are simply going to be reviewing policies.”

Ok. They won’t be pulling over speeders. They won’t be handing out parking tickets. They won’t be battling bad guys. They will be looking at what happens to bad cops, looking at Memphis Police policies, and recommending any changes they think are needed.


Putnam County jail decertified

Posted in Uncategorized on December 7, 2012 by WhenTennesseePigsFly

PUTNAM COUNTY — The Putnam County jail lost its Tennessee Corrections Institute certification Wednesday. The action came after the county failed to submit proper paperwork, state officials said.

Without a TCI certification, the Putnam County jail is not certified to house state inmates, a revenue source for the county that has been estimated to equate to a $500,000-$750,000 each year.

The facility has been operating under an approved plan of action since a failed TCI inspection in July 2011. The county commission has made moves to repair bad locks, water damage on floors and ceilings, and HVAC and smoke evacuation systems noted in that inspection, but following an October 2012 inspection, the county was asked to resubmit a plan of action in relation to those repairs.

“The inspection revealed that this facility is currently operating under an approved plan of action,” an inspection letter from TCI Executive Director Beth Ashe, dated October 31, states.

However, the same letter goes on to recommend that the county revise that plan of action and resubmit.

Read more: Herald Citizen – Putnam County jail decertified

Accused MPD Officer Back On Duty. Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said he wasn’t aware.

Posted in Uncategorized on December 7, 2012 by WhenTennesseePigsFly

(Memphis) A police officer accused of threatening several people is back working on the streets but Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong told us he wasn’t told.

Two days ago, Armstrong told News Channel 3 Officer Darrell Malone was still on paid-leave.

Turns out, he was on the street for more than a week.

Nobody with the Department could talk on camera today to explain this, but plenty of other people are talking, including the man who first reported Malone to us.

“A corrupt officer, who clearly violated police policy, is back on duty,” said Michael Montgomery.

MPD says Malone has been back to work since November 27.


Smyrna police officer suspended after firing rifle in HQ

Posted in Uncategorized on December 7, 2012 by WhenTennesseePigsFly

SMYRNA, TN (WSMV) -A SWAT team member from Smyrna spent five days off the job after firing his weapon in the department’s headquarters.

Corporal Steve Martin was suspended after his police rifle went off last month.

Martin told the department he was practicing drills with the weapon when he forgot the magazine was loaded and pulled the trigger.

The Daily News Journal reported a whiteboard was damaged, but no one was hurt.

Martin was taken off the SWAT team for a month and was ordered to take more training.


Metro dispatcher took prescription medication prior to DUI arrest. Ex-husband, former MPD detective, also arrested on outstanding warrant

Posted in Uncategorized on November 28, 2012 by WhenTennesseePigsFly

MURFREESBORO — A Metro 911 dispatcher’s arrest on DUI charges also led her ex-husband, a former Murfreesboro Police detective, to be arrested on an outstanding warrant this past weekend.

Barbara Lynn Boske, 43, of 825 Valencia Drive in Smyrna, was arrested by Murfreesboro Police Officer Ricky Haley in the 300-block of Northfield Boulevard just before 3 a.m Saturday, the report reads.

Boske, a dispatcher at the Metro Nashville Emergency Communications Center, had earlier been stopped by MPD Officer Chris Woodard, who was dispatched to the area after off-duty MPD officer Tracey Womack contacted dispatch in reference to a possibly intoxicated driver in the area, according to the report.


Police officer charged with rape and incest

Posted in Uncategorized on November 28, 2012 by WhenTennesseePigsFly

MEMPHIS, TN -(WMC-TV) – A Memphis police officer is under arrest and accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a member of his family. The abuse reportedly started when the girl was 16 years old.

Cornelius Monger is charged with rape, statutory rape by an authority figure, and incest.

The 33-year-old police officer was arrested Tuesday afternoon. He is being held on a $100,000 bond.

The special victims’ unit was alerted to the abuse by multiple sources, including one witness and the victim.

According to the Memphis Police Department, Officer Monger is currently assigned to Old Allen Station. He has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.