MPD officer relieved of duty pending embezzlement investigation

MPD officer relieved of duty pending embezzlement investigation

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Memphis police lieutenant is relieved of duty from a job he's been fired from before.

Some people in the WMC Action News 5 newsroom knew they had heard Michael McCord's name. McCord was one of five MPD officers accused in 2007 of police brutality after an incident outside the "Nappi By Nature" hair salon on Elvis Presley.

"We don't want police officers to act inappropriate," said SCLC President Dwight Montgomery at the time.

The incident was news for months and McCord was eventually suspended for 40 days. He was fired by MPD later that same year.

According to a department spokesperson, McCord was terminated in July 2007 as a result of an administrative hearing for an unrelated personal conduct violation. He was reinstated seven months later in February 2008 after a Civil Service appeal.

"It happens all the time," said Memphis Police Association President Mike Williams.

Williams did not want to comment on McCord, specifically, because he's a member of the union.

"But the civil service process gives the employee the opportunity to file an appeal to get their job back," said Williams.

Memphis police did not say much in a news release about the decision to place McCord on paid leave this week. It stated the decision was made "due to allegations stemming from an embezzlement investigation."

McCord has had a history with MPD since 1990.

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