MY TURN: Our dirty laundry - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

WMC-TV V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith

MY TURN: Our dirty laundry

WMC-TV V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith WMC-TV V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith

Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin made the right call when he decided to end the city’s relationship with the cable TV show called "The First 48." Since 2005, the show has given viewers a front row seat to watch Memphis crimes and the homicide detectives who work to solve them.

Godwin made the call after some Memphis City Council members said the show was making the city look bad.

It's undeniable that "crime ridden" is an image that some of us have of our community, and it's certainly not helpful as the chamber of commerce tries to convince new businesses to move here.

It was not wrong for Memphis to participate in "The First 48."  People all over the country got a chance to see how well Memphis homicide detectives do their jobs. But, it's also not wrong to walk away now.

This show contributes to a stereotype that Memphians would love to lose. Just because "The First 48" leaves town, our crime problem does not. We still need to dedicate ourselves to building a community where violent crime is not an everyday a fact of life.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email or call 800-465-1210.

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