Oct. 26–The U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday it will will examine over the next two years community policing and use of force as part of a federal review of the Memphis Police Department.
“We welcome this review,” said MPD Police Director Michael Rallings. “We volunteered to do this to help make our department and community stronger.”
The “comprehensive review” was requested by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Police Director Michael Rallings.
The review of the 189-year-old department will be conducted by DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, which promotes strengthening police ties with communities.
No recent event prompted a call for the review, but U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III mentioned a reform initiative last month after the DOJ announced that a federal review into the fatal shooting of Darrius Stewart concluded with insufficient evidence to support charges against former Memphis police Officer Connor Schilling.
The DOJ said Wednesday during a press conference that 14 other law enforcement agencies have been undergone comprehensive reviews since the creation of the COPS program in 2011.
Recently, DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services conducted assessments of police departments in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and North Charleston, South Carolina.
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