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Godwin responds to accusations his son received preferential treatment

Memphis Police director Larry Godwin responded Tuesday to allegations his son received preferential treatment while serving as an undercover Memphis police officer.

The allegations are found in a deposition taken as part of a lawsuit filed by three former Memphis Police Captains in 2005.  They sued the City of Memphis and Godwin, claiming they lost their rank of captain when the police director eliminated it in an effort to force them to retire.

In the deposition, taken last June, an attorney questioned Godwin's son.  The questions and answers fill 77 pages.  Topics included questions about overtime hours, a take home black corvette police vehicle, and a more than $1,200 increase in pay. In almost every response, Anthony Godwin answered "I don't remember," or "I don't know."

A call to Anthony Godwin's attorney brought a no comment, so Action News 5 went to ask the Director himself about the allegations lodged toward his 29-year-old son.

"There is no wrongdoing. Everything is done above board," Godwin said.   
 
Godwin said his son worked undercover and had to drive the Corvette and play the part.

"If you want to talk about the Corvette I'd love to," Godwin said. "It was him that was involved in Platinum Plus. If you remember it was two undercover agents."  
 
As far as the overtime hours and increases in pay, Godwin insisted his son is on the low end of pay.

"If you look, he's probably the lowest overtime officer out there," Godwin said.

According to the federal court web site, the lawsuit involving the three police captains is pending, which may explain why this information is coming to light now.

Action News 5 received the document from a source late Tuesday night.  Stay with WMCTV.com for updates on this story.


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