MPD director speaks out following officer's arrest - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MPD director speaks out following officer's arrest

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(WMC-TV) – Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong is not pleased with the arrest of an employee accused of sex trafficking. He had strong words Tuesday about the arrest and what the police department is working to accomplish.

"You would think the message would be loud and clear by now," said Armstrong. "We will do this as often as needed in order to rid this department of those who cannot make up their minds as to whether they want to be a police officer or a thug."

Armstrong said this arrest is just the most recent chapter in a battle against corruption.

According to an FBI affidavit, Officer Sean McWhirter was in his patrol car several days ago when he told a confidential informant that he could arrange for the women to attend a party and be paid for sex. He was arrested Sunday at a Tunica hotel room when he arrived with two women.

The investigation into McWhirter's activities began one year ago with officers making undercover videos and sound recordings.

In their affidavit, investigators claim that in November, the officer brought three women to a nightclub and said they were available as prostitutes.

Director Armstrong said police misconduct will not be tolerated.

"There is no operation that is perfect and we'll continue to make the improvements," he said. "If you look at our track record when these things come to our attention, we take the necessary actions to make sure that they come to a halt and to hold the people that are, that we find in violation accountable."

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