MPD to update federal court on surveillance tactics after ruling

MPD to update federal court on surveillance tactics after ruling

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Tuesday morning, a federal judge will be updated on how the City of Memphis is implementing sanctions handed down last fall after the court ruled that police illegally spied on activists.

It will be the first chance to see how the city is responded to the ruling.

In October, a federal judge ruled the Memphis Police Department violated an ACLU consent decree from the 1970s by spying on protesters.

Sergeant Tim Reynolds of the Memphis Police Department's Office of Homeland Security admitted he ran a Facebook profile under the name Bob Smith with more than 200 friends--many of them community activists.

He said it was nothing more than modern-day undercover work monitoring. A federal judge disagreed, ruling in favor of the ACLU and activists.

The court ordered MPD to revise its policy on political intelligence, train officers and establish written guidelines for the use of social media searches.

An independent monitor was also appointed to oversee the implementation of the sanctions.

At the time, the city said, "The court believes that we can do better, and we agree."

Activists plan to be at the court hearing to see for themselves if city officials are doing what they’re supposed to. The meeting kicks off at 9:30 a.m.

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