Godwin speaks on police morale - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Godwin speaks on police morale

Police crime tape was wrapped around the Memphis Police Union Headquarters sometime Tuesday night. 

It wasn't a crime scene but a prank to make a statement about alleged crimes that have been occurring inside the building for the past several years.

The FBI is investigating exorbitant unauthorized spending that occurred under the Memphis Police Association's former leadership.

Police sources say former union president Tommy Turner and the union's former treasurer have been asked to testify before a grand jury later this week.

Newly elected MPA president Gene Hulley helped launch the investigation. But Hulley isn't talking.

"I just don't want to make a comment on it right now," Hulley said.

While the investigation continues, antics at the association suggest officers who should be concentrating on crime fighting are distracted by a controversy within their union. 

Memphis police director Larry Godwin responded to the allegations against his officers in a statement in which he said, "my duty is to see that we, as police officers, serve the citizens of the City of Memphis in a professional and accountable manner. I have not been privy to the internal issues that the association faces. However, I am aware that there is a possible federal probe into the Memphis Police Association and therefore it would be inappropriate for me to comment at this time."

Godwin added that the Memphis Police Association is a separate organization whose purpose is to represent the hard working officers of the Memphis Police Department. 

Both officers who have been asked to testify remain on the force at least until the investigation is complete. 

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