MPD officer relieved of duty has at least 22 complaints on file

MPD officer relieved of duty has at least 22 complaints on file

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The list goes on when it comes to complaints found in the personnel file of Memphis police officer lieutenant Mike McCord - excessive force, discourtesy, and falsifying record - just to name a few.

McCord is currently on leave from the police force in connection with an embezzlement investigation.

Prior to a WMC Action News 5 investigation, 22 complaints were filed against McCord during his 25 year career with MPD.

In 1998 and 2001, McCord was accused of stealing large amounts of money from people he stopped for traffic violations. Additionally, he was suspended for two days in 1998 for giving away a gun that was reported stolen two years earlier.

There were also several complaints about being discourteous or using derogatory remarks. In 2007 during an investigation into police brutality at Nappi by Nature hair salon, McCord was accused of referring to a woman as a "black b****, dog and whore."

"That's a way of tracking how many complaints have been made against an officer throughout the years," said Michael Williams, President of Memphis Police Association.

Williams says any citizen can lodge a complaint against an officer, and the department will then conduct an investigation into that allegation.

In McCord's case, he was only reprimanded for four of the 22 complaints.

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