VOL. 129 | NO. 118 | Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Wharton Releases Rape Kit Backlog Report
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. released the report he commissioned earlier this year on the city’s backlog of 12,000 untested rape kits.
The report by former U.S. Attorney Veronica Coleman-Davis concludes the city has made changes in how it handled the backlog as well as current rape cases. It also says an investigator hired by the Memphis Police Department in 1997 died years later, leaving no filing system for thousands of rape kits from multiple jurisdictions kept at the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center. From there, the rape kits were kept at the Old Allen police precinct.
Download the full report here.