Tennessee Highway Patrol investigation centers on Memphis - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Tennessee Highway Patrol investigation centers on Memphis

The Tennessee Highway Patrol, already reeling after a major shakeup, is now facing another investigation, this time originating in Memphis.

The latest allegations involve female inmates from the Mark Luttrell Women's Prison who have done custodial work at the highway patrol office on Summer Avenue. The THP's Internal Affairs unit is investigating a complaint that a highway patrol supervisor had inappropriate relations with inmates. It is not clear if the relations involved sex.

Captain Joe Nunn, head of the Memphis THP office, said Tuesday the complaint was anonymous. Nunn said he could not comment further on the case because internal affairs is doing the investigation.

Last month, three top THP leaders were forced to resign, and several officers were fired, after it was discovered they had criminal records. Governor Phil Bredesen said the patrol is saturated with cronysim.

State Senator Mark Norris, who heads the transportation and safety committee, said he thinks it's okay for the THP Internal Affairs office to investigate the Memphis case, but because of past problems there should be oversight.

"You want to make sure the fox is not in the hen house," Norris said, "and with all that we're hearing and all that we're seeing, there's a serious question of credibility."

Norris said he will make sure the investigation is not swept under the rug.

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