19 Memphis officers, employees arrested this year

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A review of arrests of Memphis police officers shows that driving under the influence is the leading cause, but the number of arrests this year surpasses at least one other Tennessee police force.

The Commercial Appeal reports (http://bit.ly/ULS14a ) that 19 Memphis officers and two civilian employees have been arrested this year.

Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said four police officers, two trainees and one civilian employee arrested this year. Nashville has about 1,000 fewer police officers compared to Memphis.

Three arrests of Memphis officers made by the FBI's Tarnished Badge Task Force involved drugs, illegal use of law enforcement databases and transporting prostitutes.

The arrests, along with the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old by an off-duty officer, led Memphis Mayor A C Wharton to request an outside review of police department policies.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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