MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong says he is not resigning despite intense public scrutiny over alleged cases of officer misconduct and the shooting of a 15-year-old boy by an off-duty officer.
Armstrong responded Wednesday to rumors that he was stepping down as head of the embattled 2,400-officer Memphis Police Department.
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. criticized the department during a Tuesday news conference, citing repeated acts of alleged police misconduct. Wharton ordered a review of police department procedures by an outside consultant with law enforcement experience who will investigate the department's hiring, recruitment, ethics training and internal affairs.
Armstrong says he disagrees with the mayor's statement that the department is in an unacceptable state.
Armstrong and Wharton met Wednesday. Afterward, the mayor issued a statement saying he supports Armstrong.
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