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City Council member angry over Department of Justice visit

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A Memphis City Council member was angry Tuesday over a surprise inspection of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

The usually reserved Scott McCormick was upset the mayor's office did not inform his Parks Committee that the Department of Justice came to town recently to review the Liberty Bowl for violations.

McCormick directed his frustrations at City Attorney Elbert Jefferson.  In a letter announcing their plan to visit, a DOJ official expressed concerns the stadium is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

According to the letter, the stadum needs ramps, wheelchair seating areas, elevators, and more.  The letter shows DOJ officials met with city administrators and Liberty Bowl representatives, and attended the homecoming game November 3rd to observe the stadium at full capacity.

At a meeting Tuesday, McCormick asked Jefferson why the Parks Committee wasn't made aware of the visit.

"We can either be incorporated in the process or we can ask a whole lot of questions after the fact," he said.

Jefferson said the city simploy responded to the DOJ's request to review the stadium without fanfare and media scrutiny.

"I apologize on behalf of the administration if they think we were intentionally trying to keep them in the dark," he said.

Jefferson says the city will continue to cooperate with the Department of Justice, who would not comment on the visit.

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