Former MPD officer indicted on rape charges, released from jail - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Former MPD officer indicted on rape charges, released from jail

Michael Smith (Source: SCSO) Michael Smith (Source: SCSO)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A former Memphis police officer is out of jail after he was indicted on rape charges stemming from an assault in a downtown parking garage.

The victim said Michael Smith, 39, attacked her in a parking garage when she left Purple Haze nightclub. He was off-duty at the time.

Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said a grand jury indicted Smith on charges of rape by coercion or force, rape of a physically incapacitated person, and rape of a victim unable to consent.  

Smith also faces charges of sexual battery, official oppression, and official misconduct.

Smith was released from Shelby County jail Wednesday. He is expected to appear in court May 16.

Smith's MPD personnel file said the 7-year officer has never been in trouble with MPD prior to these charges. He also had no criminal history in Shelby County.

Smith resigned from the Memphis Police Department on April 19, after he was relieved of duty pending the investigation.

Interim Director Michael Rallings released the following statement:

"I want to assure the public that NO criminal behavior by a member of this department will be tolerated. As with all cases, this investigation was thoroughly conducted and the facts were presented to the District Attorney General’s Office for review; in which an indictment was handed down for the arrest of Michael Smith, who is now a former Memphis Police Officer.

Our officers are held to a higher standard, and you, the citizens of Memphis, deserve the security of knowing that your officers are here to serve and protect. Smith is afforded the same opportunity as all citizens, and he will have his day in court; however, it is my job to remind everyone that the image of the Memphis Police Department must not be tarnished by the alleged actions of one employee.

As the Interim Director of the Memphis Police Department, I want you all to know that this incident should in no way reflect on the hardworking- dedicated officers who work day in and day out to serve and protect this great city." 

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