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Resolution calls for more oversight of Memphis police

Outrage over the video of transgendered Memphis prostitute Duanna Johnson being beaten by a Memphis Police officer prompted city leaders to pass a resolution Tuesday calling for more oversight of the Memphis Police Department.

At a Memphis City Council committee meeting, council member Janice Fullilove said images of the beating caught by a surveillance camera underscored the need for an outside evaluation of police polices and procedures, to make sure officers who break procedure are dealt with appropriately.

Memphis Police Director Larry Godwin said he welcomed the additional oversight.

"I think incidents occur no matter what you have in place," Godwin said. "Things can happen no matter what safeguards you have.  We're an accredited agency.  That's exactly what they did was audit us.  We're just going to get another set of eyes."

The resolution passed by the council committee calls for an investigation by the Internal Audit Department.  The audit will review policies, procedures and the citizen complaint process.

If the resolution is passed by the full council, the Internal Audit Department will need to present its findings within 90 days.

The resolution is scheduled to be considered by the full council next week.


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