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Peppertree security officer breaks silence about troubled apartments

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Officer Boyland, as she's known by tenants, has the right attitude to work security at The Peppertree Apartments in Whitehaven.

"I fear no man but God," Boyland said Tuesday.

The troubled complex is under a court order to keep crime under control.

"We do have our problems," Boyland said.

Another murder this past weekend is further evidence of that.

"I just can't say if it's gonna stay open or if it's not," said Boyland.

Boyland believes the courts share some of the blame for failing to ensure safety.  She points to one of two brothels recently busted in apartments leased by suspected prostitute Toni Brantley.

According to Boyland, the complex tried to evict Brantley for her refusal to abide by the rules.

"We filed on Ms. Brantley in September of this year," she said.

But, according to court records, a judge ruled in Brantley's favor and she claimed she didn't know suspected pimp Jimmy Gaston.

"She stated to the judge that she wasn't aware who he was," Boyland said.

Boyland believes the brothel may have stayed in business even longer.

"We need a little help from the judges and the court system to help us evict them," she said.

In the meantime, she remains committed to doing her part at Peppertree.

Right now, the District Attorney's office is working with Memphis Police to determine if the owners violated the current nuisance order.

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