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Mid-South investigators on alert after threats made against MPD officers

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What some call a war on cops is raging across the country.

Numerous attacks on police officers have happened in recent months, including one deadly encounter during a traffic stop in Memphis.

"In the last four weeks, we've had 10 law enforcement officers who've been killed in the line of duty around this country," said Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham.

Wednesday, police said a man threatened to kill officers and blow up 201 Poplar. A suspect was identified in this case, but has not been arrested.

"These officers are under an extreme amount of pressure now," added Memphis Police Department Director Toney Armstrong. "I mean, it's extremely stressful."

Armstrong said the department's current recruitment class just took a major hit.

"I just started a class with 50 people in it. Five of them have already quit."

Armstrong couldn't say for sure whether the current climate regarding police played a role in the exodus of recruits.

"That doesn't necessarily upset me," Armstrong said. "Actually, I'm pleased that they made the decision now versus later."

He explained he'd rather see those that have doubts about their job call it quits than become uncommitted officers.

Next Thursday, some Memphis residents are stepping up to recognize fallen officers and pray for those who protect and serve.

You can find out more about the "Blue Lives Matter" event here.

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