Lieutenant relieved of duty has long history with MPD

Lieutenant relieved of duty has long history with MPD

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Michael McCord, 49, has a long history with the Memphis Police Department.

He was first hired in 1990, but was then suspended and later fired for accusations of police brutality at Nappy By Nature hair salon in 2007.

He was soon rehired, but has been fired again after accusations of fraud.

Monday, Lt. McCord was relieved of duty pending an embezzlement investigation.

"It's not as unique as a lot of people think," said Memphis Police Association President Mike Williams. "We have a lot of officers who are possibly terminated, and they get their jobs back."

Williams would not comment on McCord's specific investigation, but says termination of an officer can occur because of accusations and not a full due process.

"When it comes to being a police officer, a lot of times the city tries to err on the side of caution, sometimes a bit too much," explained Williams. "If there are allegations made, they act on those allegations as opposed to giving individuals due process."

In order to get back on the force, that officer must have a civil service hearing, spearheaded by the Civil Service Commission. The commission would not comment on past and present investigations of McCord.

Williams believes liability is what makes the city act when firing an employee.

"However, a lot of time the city will take the stance, 'Well, we're going to do what we have to do,'" said Williams. "You're going to do what you have to do."

MPD would not reveal details about the accusations.

It remains a waiting game to see whether McCord will be allowed back on the streets.

"You have good officers, and you have bad officers," Williams commented. "If there's a bad officer, they need to go. Make no doubt about it."

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