Millington police officer indicted - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Millington police officer indicted

Thursday morning, a state grand jury indicted Millington Police Sergeant Melvin Johnson for official misconduct.

Johnson is accused of leaking sensitive information that endangered the lives of fellow officers working a federal drug sting.

Action News 5 cameras caught drug enforcement agents ushering Johnson from the Millington Police Department in handcuffs. Millington Police Chief Richard Jewel said the legal system must take its course.

"I don't want to prejudge the case because the man has not been convicted of anything," Jewell said, "but he wouldn't have been indicted if there wasn't something there."

A Drug Enforcement Agency investigation revealed Johnson may have been sharing confidential police information with suspects.

"We learned that he had provided information from within the police department to suspects," said DEA official Andy Dimond. "It did not interfere with our investigation. However, when our investigation was completed, we provided this information to police in Millington."

Police Chief Richard Jewell sent a letter to the mayor requesting that Johnson's suspension with pay be changed to a termination.

Jewell said he's just working to make sure his department is honest.

"Unfortunately, police officers are exposed to it more than anyone else and sometimes the dirt rubs off on us," he said.

The case is now in the hands of the Shelby County District Attorney's office.

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