Memphis police help with security for West Memphis officers' funerals

By Kontji Anthony - bio | email

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC-TV) -  Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin crossed the Arkansas bridge into West Memphis on Monday to pay his respects to two officers killed in the line of duty last week.

Godwin wore a back ribbon across the badge on his heart to attend the funerals of West Memphis Police Officer Bill Evans and Sergeant Brandon Paudert.

"We're going to make sure we have everything covered regardless," Godwin said.

Monday, Godwin put 30 Memphis squad cars in West Memphis, pledging his full support for his friend of 35 years, on the day West Memphis Police Chief Bob Paudert, buried his son.

"We have TACT officers, and SWAT team from Shelby County Sheriff's Office," he said.

Law enforcement was on high alert because the two men who shot and killed the two officers last Thursday were part of the Sovereign Citizen Movement.

"We feel like we're dealing with the possibility of some extremists that are anti-government," Godwin said.

So Memphis police kept an eye on the funeral's perimeter, as West Memphis Police mourned.

"We're providing security, different things, working with West Memphis to give them anything they need," Godwin said.

And Godwin added that he will do whatever it takes to keep the River City safe to give West Memphis' finest some reprieve.

"I think anyone would do the same thing," he said. "I'm saddened for West Memphis. I'm saddened for their department, because when something like this happens, it doesn't just hit the department.  It hits the entire community."

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