Forty-six Memphis police officers and employees were charged with corruption between 2004 and 2009 — an average of nearly eight a year — many with long disciplinary records, says the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Employees were charged with stealing huge sums of cash and drugs from the evidence room, providing protection to criminals, running drugs, even planting evidence on innocent drivers during traffic stops.
Though the number of corruption arrests has slowed, a recent spate of trouble has Mayor A C Wharton asking fresh questions about the department. Twenty-two police officers and employees have been arrested this year, mostly for drunken driving, domestic violence, and off-duty theft or vandalism. “I think they’re much better now,” said Bruce Kramer, a civil rights attorney who has filed police brutality and other suits against alleging major misconduct. “It’s better than it was. Does that mean it’s where it should be? No.”