Memphis Mayor asks Memphis police to review passenger policy - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis Mayor asks Memphis police to review passenger policy

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Memphis Mayor A-C Wharton has asked the Memphis Police Department to review its policy on questioning, searching, and detaining passengers at traffic stops.

In a statement to the WMC Action News 5 newsroom, the mayor said he wants the public to have clarity on their rights as passengers, what MPD's policy actually is, and what officers are being taught in the police academy. As of Thursday morning, Director Toney Armstrong has not issued a response or statement.

The Mayor's request comes as local lawmakers push for federal reviews in the Darrius Stewart case, including Memphis City Council member Harold Collins and U.S. Congressman Steve Cohen, who have both written letters requesting independent investigations.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is the only agency investigating this case at this time. The TBI director has promised transparency in the case and that findings will be released to the District Attorney, but there is no word on how long that will take.

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