Justice Department To Conduct Review Of Memphis Police

Posted at 4:17 PM, Oct 26, 2016

Justice Department officials have launched a comprehensive review of the Memphis Police Department after citizens criticized the department's use of deadly force and its treatment of the black community.

The review came in the wake of an announcement in September that federal officials found insufficient evidence to file civil rights charges in the July 2015 shooting of a black man by a white police officer following a traffic stop that escalated.

The Justice Department announced the details Wednesday at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Memphis. Mayor Jim Strickland and Police Director Michael Rallings said the city invited federal authorities to review the department's policies involving community-oriented policing and the use of deadly force.

Similar assessments have been conducted at several other police departments.