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'No grievances' will be filed over MPA, MPD dispute

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MPD Director Toney Armstrong (left), MPA President Mike Williams (right) MPD Director Toney Armstrong (left), MPA President Mike Williams (right)

(WMC-TV) - The Memphis Police Association president said no grievances will be filed against the City of Memphis despite legal action that was threatened by an attorney Friday afternoon.

An attorney for the MPA initially said action would be taken 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.

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 and First Amendment rights.

All of this follows Armstrong's announcement of his intention to file a formal statement of verbal misconduct charge against Williams.

But on Friday night during a news conference, MPD announced that MPA leadership will be allowed to return to their offices.

"We all make mistakes and overreact, but when cooler heads prevail, it is better to mend fences," said Williams. "That is what we are going to do so we can go back to the business we are both tasked to do."

Armstrong said he and Williams share a common mission: public safety.

"By us standing here together we want the public to understand that we are committed to accomplishing this goal together," said Armstrong.

Armstrong noted the city has an active budget season ahead and it be better to close this chapter of disagreement before the budget battles begin.

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