Prosecutors say most corrupt officers arrested in Memphis - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Prosecutors say most corrupt officers arrested in Memphis

Of the 94 federal judicial districts in Tennessee, prosecutors said the Western District is number one in the nation for busting corrupt police officers. Of the 94 federal judicial districts in Tennessee, prosecutors said the Western District is number one in the nation for busting corrupt police officers.

(WMC-TV) - Of the 94 federal judicial districts in Tennessee, prosecutors said the Western District is number one in the nation for busting corrupt police officers.

Memphis Police Lt. Tim Green is the latest officer to cross federal law.  At his sentencing, prosecutor Brian Coleman told the judge, "This district has more convictions for police officers in the past six years than any other district in the country. We are serious about this activity in this district. Something has to click."

Action News 5's unofficial count of the past six years turned up 10 Memphis police officers and one Shelby County Sheriff's deputy convicted on federal charges.

Three other Memphis police officers are awaiting trial, including Melvin Robinson, accused of trying to buy and sell cocaine while in uniform, in his patrol car, and on duty.

"It angers me that the hard working men and women in blue have had their ranks tainted by someone who obviously never took their oath seriously," said Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong.

While Armstrong expressed frustration, federal prosecutors believe stiff prison sentences send an appropriate message to deter other officers from joining criminal ranks.

Both the United State attorney and Armstrong decline interview requests Friday.  In the recent past, both men have publicly declared dedication to weeding out corrupt officers.

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