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MPD lieutenant investigated for possibly allowing officers to leave early

(WMC-TV) - Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong confirmed Wednesday that a lieutenant from the Union Station precinct may have recently allowed at least four officers to clock out hours before their shifts ended.

"Obviously, taxpayers are paying our officers for eight hours work," said Armstrong.  "That's obviously what we expect, and supervisors will be held accountable."

"I guess as a reward for some high level of productivity, or perceived productivity, the reward was to be relieved and go home early," Armstrong continued.

The lieutenant has reportedly been reassigned to the Tillman Station precinct during an internal investigation.

The investigation could result in disciplinary action, including possible suspension.

"I don't know if this was a regular practice or one isolated incident," said Armstrong.

Distribution worker Mark Colomb said he is glad the issue is being investigated.

"You know, anybody, whether a police officer or a regular guy working retail, you got to punch in and punch out," said Colomb.  "Put your time in to get paid."

Since no disciplinary action has been taken, police have not yet confirmed the lieutenant's name.

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