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Exclusive: Motley’s death reveals 10,000 unlicensed security guards in Shelby County alone

By  and , Daily Memphian Updated: September 01, 2021 10:39 AM CT | Published: August 31, 2021 3:14 PM CT
<strong>Gregory Livingston, the security guard at Kroger who allegedly shot and killed Alvin Motley Jr., had an expired license.</strong> (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

Gregory Livingston, the security guard at Kroger who allegedly shot and killed Alvin Motley Jr., had an expired license. (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

There are 3,886 licensed armed security officers operating in Shelby County, meaning there are more armed guards than Memphis Police Department officers and Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies combined.

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Matt Stroud

Matt Stroud

Matt Stroud, a former correspondent for Bloomberg News and The Associated Press, is an investigative reporter with The Daily Memphian. He is the author of “Thin Blue Lie: The Failure of High-Tech Policing,” and the creator of the six-part podcast, “Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment.”


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