DOJ Reinstates Its Review of The Memphis Police

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The U.S. Justice Department said Friday morning it was ending its federal review of the Memphis Police Department. By the afternoon, the federal agency reversed its stance, saying the review is now back on track, reports the Memphis Commercial Appeal. In a series of press releases, the city and federal authorities made announcements and counter-announcements about the status of the review by the DOJ COPS office. By the end, Ursula Madden, chief communications officer for Mayor Jim Strickland, said city officials were “shocked” by the DOJ’s initial announcement, adding that the whole process was “frustrating.”

Earlier in the week, Memphis told DOJ it would submit a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the review. The city signed it at 10 a.m. Friday but before it could be submitted to DOJ, the Justice Department announced that the review would not happen. After DOJ got the memo, it said, “The COPS Office is pleased to proceed with collaborative reform and applauds the City of Memphis and Memphis Police Department for their leadership.”


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