MPD continues investigation of Robert Lipscomb - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MPD continues investigation of Robert Lipscomb

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

It has been six days since investigators traveled to Seattle, Washington to interview the now 26-year-old man whose allegations against Robert Lipscomb sparked an investigation and a City Hall scandal.

"We have a responsibility to the victims, but we also have a responsibility to our community and to Mr. Lipscomb as well to provide a thorough investigation."

Friday, Lipscomb's attorney stopped by the former City of Memphis housing and community development director's home. He didn't comment on the investigation.

However, attorney John Ryan thinks the investigation should have been handed to the District Attorney's Office or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Friday,  Ryan posted on Facebook, "The Shelby County Attorney's office should have immediately called for a Special Prosecutor and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to take over the case."

The District Attorney's Office said that isn't necessarily true. The only person allowed to call in the TBI is the DA, and that's only if there is reason to believe that the Memphis Police Department can't conduct their own investigation.

Since this case does not involve a Memphis police officer, MPD is perfectly capable of conducting the investigation.

No arrests have been made, but MPD Director Toney Armstrong said that's how investigations work.

"This investigation is no different than the others," Armstrong explained. "I know Mr. Lipscomb is high profile and held very important roles with city government. And we get that, but at the end of the day, you have to understand this is not our first time being in this position. We've done this before and we've investigated high-profile figures in the past. We're going to do our due diligence and make sure we conduct a thorough investigation."

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