Strickland, Rallings shift emphasis from police reform to ongoing violence

By Updated: July 08, 2020 3:14 PM CT | Published: July 08, 2020 2:27 PM CT
<strong>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re going to focus on murders today,&rdquo; Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said Wednesday, July 8, when asked a question about police reform. &ldquo;What will you do to help us combat violent crime in the city of Memphis? What will you do to help us bring justice to these families? If we can&rsquo;t rally around that, I&rsquo;m not sure what we can do.&rdquo;</strong> (Daily Memphian file)

“We’re going to focus on murders today,” Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said Wednesday, July 8, when asked a question about police reform. “What will you do to help us combat violent crime in the city of Memphis? What will you do to help us bring justice to these families? If we can’t rally around that, I’m not sure what we can do.” (Daily Memphian file)

Mayor Jim Strickland’s reform discussions are continuing, he said Wednesday, but critics of the belief that more cops means less crime have become more vocal since the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd on Memorial Day. 

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Bill Dries

Bill Dries

Bill Dries covers city government and politics. He is a native Memphian and has been a reporter for more than 40 years.


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