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1. Justice Department Begins Yearlong Investigation of MPD
- Friday, December 02, 2016
In some ways, a year and a half of local protests, turbulence and questions about police conduct came full circle Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Hickory Hill.
A U.S. Justice Department panel investigating the Memphis Police Department heard from more than two dozen people among a room of 50 at Hickory Hill Community Center.
2. New Brass
- Saturday, February 06, 2016
Just days before Toney Armstrong was off the city payroll, his successor as interim director of the Memphis Police Department, Michael Rallings, was getting used to the attention and ring kissing that comes with being the city’s top cop.
3. Memphis Police Oversight Board Hits Another Snag
- Thursday, August 06, 2015
After numerous delays and lots of stops and starts, proposed new rules for the city’s Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board hit another roadblock Tuesday, Aug. 4, but not before a vigorous Memphis City Council debate.
4. Council Delays Final CLERB Vote Until After Elections, Citing Officer's Death
- Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Memphis City Council members delayed a vote Tuesday, Aug. 4, on new rules for the city’s Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board until after the October city elections.
And there appeared to be a new difference of opinion within the administration of Mayor A C Wharton Jr. about the ordinance.
5. Memphis Police Oversight Ordinance Back on Track After Wharton Backtracks
- Thursday, July 30, 2015
Two days after an aide in Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration said the mayor was against any changes to the 1994 city ordinance governing a Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board, Wharton himself said he is for the proposed changes.
6. Police Review Board With Teeth Hits Familiar Wall
- Wednesday, July 29, 2015
When Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton created the Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board in 1994, it was under pressure from critics who said police couldn’t objectively discipline their own.
But Herenton, who had his own doubts about police objectivity, also believed the board was a hollow gesture. Its powers to investigate allegations of police misconduct would always be limited by civil service procedures, due process safeguards and the legal process in general.
7. Wharton Says No Major Changes To CLERB
- Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. came out Monday, July 27, against any significant changes to the city’s Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board after a nearly six year effort to revive the long-dormant body.
8. Civilian Review Board Debate Flares Before Council Delay
- Thursday, July 09, 2015
After years of give and take, negotiations over legal terms and the rise of police misconduct as a national issue, it appeared the Memphis City Council was ready Tuesday, July 7, to take a final vote on new rules for the long-dormant Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board.
9. Fresh Selection
- Saturday, February 28, 2015
It would seem I Love Memphis blogger Holly Whitfield was correct last year with a forecast that called for a “permanent Foodnado” in Memphis.
10. City Council Weighs Police Dollars, Oversight
- Friday, May 09, 2014
The Memphis City Council on Tuesday, May 6, got its first detailed look at the Memphis Police Department’s budget proposal, which was followed by the council starting the process of bringing back to life the Police Civilian Review Board. That would begin with a series of community meetings and recommendations from a citizens group in August.
11. AP Exclusive: Kodak CEO Talks Company's Future
- Wednesday, September 04, 2013
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) – You can feel the spirit of George Eastman in Antonio Perez's office.
A picture of Eastman, who founded Kodak in 1880, sits among the current CEO's collection of family photos. The outer areas of Perez's office, built and first inhabited by Eastman about a century ago, include some of Kodak's Oscar and Emmy awards, along with a collection of historic photos. A large portrait of Eastman, who died in 1932, hangs near the entrance.
- Saturday, August 10, 2013
Graceland will host the Elvis Week candlelight vigil Thursday, Aug. 15, at 8:30 p.m. at the gates of Graceland, 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd. Admission is free. Visit elvis.com/elvisweek for more information. More Elvis Week events are listed below.
13. Funding Cut Has MATA at Crossroads
- Friday, August 09, 2013
The city’s bus system isn’t out of the woods yet.
The Memphis Area Transit Authority’s long drive through a wilderness of record ridership for the trolley system, years of operating funding cuts, withering criticism and millions of dollars in capital funding showed signs this week of continuing for some time.
14. Parks Debate Continues as Convention Departs
- Wednesday, April 03, 2013
With a Ku Klux Klan rally in the rearview mirror, the local debate over the renaming of three Confederate-themed city parks moved ahead this week.
A group of 60 attended a public hearing Monday, April 1, by the ad hoc City Council committee on the parks renaming at City Hall.
15. Organization Gives Hope to Homeless Community
- Tuesday, July 10, 2012
When two homelessness initiatives received $450,000 in Shelby County funding in the most recent budget, the members of Homeless Organizing for Power and Equality (H.O.P.E.) celebrated with a victory party that featured music, dancing, cake and a home-cooked meal.
16. Orgs Recognized for Efforts to Reduce Homelessness
- Thursday, June 21, 2012
Several organizations and individuals focused on issues of homelessness were honored Tuesday, June 19, during the Memphis/Shelby County Homeless Consortium’s annual meeting at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave.
17. Council Rejects Charter Change Referendum on Tax Hike Votes
- Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Memphis City Council members rejected a Nov. 2012 ballot referendum that would have let city voters decide on a charter amendment requiring a 2/3rds council vote to approve any property tax hike above the percentage increase in inflation or population growth.
18. What’s Coming Up This Election Season
- Monday, March 15, 2010
After a year of turbulence, the Memphis political scene continues to remake itself.
The May 4 and Aug. 5 elections don’t have the focused drama of last October’s special election for Memphis mayor, but they represent new chapters in a story that could end with a new generation of political leaders and at least a passing of the political baton.
19. No Room at the Inn
- Monday, February 08, 2010
The bed came with a view of a sparkling Mississippi River on a winter day that was about 10 degrees on the warm side of crisp. The trees were bare and no one appeared to be at home near the concrete floodwall that ends just south of The Pyramid.
20. Mayor’s Homeless Strategy Meets Skepticism
- Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is a regular at the Starbucks at Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard.
Last week, as criticism began for his new police initiative to deal with the homeless, Wharton stopped for a coffee on his way to a town hall meeting and encountered another regular at the next table.
“There’s a homeless gentleman who I see there every morning. He will not accept handouts,” Wharton told reporters this week. “He’s just the kindest gentleman you will find anywhere. I don’t offer to buy him anything. I sit down at the table next to him – he doesn’t want to be disturbed.”
Someone at another table snapped a cell phone picture of Wharton in seeming indifference to the homeless man sitting a table away. The picture went viral as critics of the new direction made their case before Wharton had rolled it out.
“They created this story … which is just an outright lie,” Wharton continued. “That hurts.”
The complex relationship between two Memphians who see each other several times a week but don’t really know each other demonstrates how complex the problem of the homeless is in Memphis, and perhaps in other cities.