Friday, February 28 2014 8:38 PM EST2014-03-01 01:38:48 GMT
(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Department confirms all Memphis Police Association members have been asked to return to their regular tour of duty. This is effective as of Thursday afternoon. AccordingMore >>
The Memphis Police Director told Memphis Police Association leaders to leave their office and go back on the streets, returning to their regular tours of duty.More >>
Wednesday, February 26 2014 9:54 PM EST2014-02-27 02:54:38 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong is calling for the department to file a formal statement of charges against Memphis Police Association President Mike Williams to be served this week.More >>
Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong is filing a formal statement of charges against Memphis Police Association President Mike Williams for comments William's made to Action News 5.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 23:23:22 GMT
(WMC) - Officials believe the majority of the problems concerning 911 calls have been corrected, according to the Shelby County 9-1-1 district director. Over the weekend, wireless users in several Mid-SouthMore >>
Officials believe the majority of the problems concerning 911 calls have been corrected, according to the Shelby County 9-1-1 district director.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:12 PM EDT2014-09-16 23:12:13 GMT
(WMC) - Dollar stores are becoming a target for criminals in Marshall County. The most recent came this past Saturday in the Mt. Pleasant community. Two clerks were robbed at gunpoint just after the storeMore >>
Dollar stores are becoming a target for criminals in Marshall County.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:49:52 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis City Council met to discuss possible cuts to the benefits of city workers Tuesday. Once again city retirees, employees, and supporters packed the chamber as the council considered threeMore >>
Memphis City Council met to discuss possible cuts to the benefits of city workers Tuesday.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:46 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:46:11 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis fire union leaders are among the plaintiffs in a new lawsuit against City of Memphis. The union has filed an injunction to stop the city from proceeding with widespread health care cutsMore >>
Memphis fire union leaders are among the plaintiffs in a new lawsuit against City of Memphis.More >>
(WMC-TV) - An attorney for the Memphis Police Association threatened to take legal action against the City of Memphis after elected MPA officials were asked to go back to police posts and leave their full-time work representing the association.
On Thursday, the Memphis Police Services Division reassigned MPA president Mike Williams, vice president Essica Littlejohn, and secretary/treasurer Jeff Herbison.
"[Friday] they are still the union leadership, and within a prescribed set of rules they can still carry out union business," said Memphis CAO George Little.
Three elected union officers of the Labor Management Committee have been assigned to the association hall since the first Memorandum of Understanding in 1973, according to the firm representing the MPA.
In a letter to a City of Memphis attorney, the firm said the MPD's action was taken in retaliation for union activities, which, according to the letter, is in violation the of memorandum and understanding.
Similar action was attempted by the police administration in 2008 in the case MPA v. The City of Memphis; an injunction was granted. According to the letter from the MPA's attorney, the action of removing the full-time MPA leaders will result in the same legal action as the aforementioned case.
MPA's letter called Armstrong's move a heavy-handed attempt to chill the first amendment rights of MPA's leadership. Little says he, along with the mayor, stand behind the director in his decision. Little says Armstrong was within his authority.
The bitter battle began when Williams interviewed with Action News 5's Kontji Anthony Wednesday regarding a new report that says crime in Memphis dropped 5.7 percent in 2013.
"There were 19 shootings in less than 72 hours in this city," Williams said. "You can make numbers say anything you want them to say to make yourself look good."
When Kontji asked Director Armstrong for reaction, the next few hours were eventful, to say the least.
Director Armstrong asked Anthony to speak with her one-on-one about the interview. He then told her he was calling Williams to his 12th floor office to have a face-to-face round table discussion about Williams' statements.
Anthony was there with other union reps and police administrators, but the camera was not allowed inside.
Armstrong and Williams went back and forth about the crime stats.
Armstrong says he does not cook books; crime is down and he stands by his numbers. He then grilled Williams, asking if he had his own data to prove otherwise.
Williams said he did not, but said there is community perception that crime is up and he had a First Amendment right to say so.
"You cannot make reckless statements and hide behind First Amendment rights," said Armstrong.
Armstrong says officers can be charged for reckless statements, which he said was the case in this matter. Read more about the call for Williams' verbal misconduct charge here.
Ray Maples was MPA president from January 1983 until 1994. He helped draft the agreement between the city and the police union before he retired in 1994.
"When you sit down with the city and you negotiate a contract, both parties have to be honorable and live up to the contract that they agreed to," he said. "If you're in opposition to what the ordinance says then you're violating the ordinance and you can't hold office if you're found guilty."
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:41 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:41:22 GMT
MPD: Woman wearing bra and panties, carrying bat caught trespassing at elementary school A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school andMore >>
A woman wearing her bra and panties is accused of running into the cafeteria at Westside elementary school and causing a bizarre disturbance just before more than a hundred children were due to come in for lunch. More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:21:47 GMT
(WMC) - Police were called to an early morning accident where a car crashed through two yards along Rhodes Avenue and Wedgewood Street in Memphis. Witnesses say at least three passengers were in the car. TheMore >>
Police were called to an early morning fatal accident where a car crashed through two yards along Rhodes Avenue and Wedgewood Street in Memphis.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:04 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:04:31 GMT
(WMC) - Memphis dispatchers tell WMC Action News 5 Corky's Ribs & BBQ on Poplar Avenue is being evacuated.There is smoke coming out of the restaurant. Investigators are still trying to figure out if somethingMore >>
Corky's Ribs & BBQ on Poplar Avenue was evacuated early Tuesday afternoon.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:21 AM EDT2014-09-16 10:21:00 GMT
(WMC) - The Shelby County Sheriff's Office has reports of two school bus crashes on Austin Peay Highway. One is at the corner of Austin Peay and Pleasant Ridge involves a bus and a car. The other is atMore >>
A bus leaving Bolton High School with 32 children on board crossed the center line and hit a truck towing a Bobcat utility work vehicle.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:54:29 GMT
(WMC) - A former high school teacher and Memphis firefighter have been indicted for aggravated statutory rape. Investigators say Michael Lewis, 32, and his roommate Bryan Wilson, 32, raped the young girlsMore >>
A former high school teacher and Memphis firefighter have been indicted for aggravated statutory rape by the Shelby County District Attorney's office.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:31 AM EDT2014-09-16 11:31:15 GMT
(WMC) - "It's sad. It's sad. I can't begin to tell you," said 92-year-old Billie Williams. Williams is talking about her great-great-granddaughter, Chasity Forte, who she raised from the age of 13 monthsMore >>
"It's sad. It's sad. I can't begin to tell you," said 92-year-old Billie Williams. Williams is talking about her great-great-granddaughter, Chasity Forte, who she raised from the age of 13 months old. More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:16 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:16:14 GMT
(WMC) - For over a century, Memphians graced the Tri-State Fair — later called the Mid-South Fair — typically held from mid-September to early October. The first "Shelby County Fair" ran for two days inMore >>
For over a century, Memphians dared rides, spectated various entertainment acts, and devoured food at the Tri-State Fair — later called the Mid-South Fair — once held from mid-September to early October in the Bluff City.More >>
Monday, September 15 2014 10:55 PM EDT2014-09-16 02:55:55 GMT
Boone Police Officers received a call about the discovery of a dead body around 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University. PoliceMore >>
The body was found in a wooded area adjacent to Poplar Grove Road near Appalachian State University.More >>