City's statement on MPD's plan to record interrogations

By Updated: December 21, 2018 2:10 PM CT | Published: December 21, 2018 1:36 PM CT

Ursula Madden, spokeswoman for Mayor Jim Strickland, released this email statement on Dec. 14 regarding the Memphis Police Department’s long resistance to recording custodial interrogations of murder suspects:

‘This administration is not reluctant to have cameras installed in rooms (where) people are interviewed.  Director Rallings has been exploring this since the department moved to 170 N. Main in 2017, and the administration is in the process of reviewing some options and developing a plan for implementation--which is expensive.  The costs range from $1.8-2.5 million.  This is weighed against the City's $100M in deferred maintenance and what we need to do for existing community assets, such as community centers, libraries and fire stations.  We have body worn cameras, in-car camera video, and sky cameras.  Clearly the City and MPD are not opposed to recording police interactions.”


Ursula Madden Memphis Police Department Director Rallings

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