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Neighbors Want Off Duty Cops Back on the Job

One week after their arrests, the MPD is refusing to release the disciplinary files of two officers accused of threatening to kill high ranking city leaders.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - One week after their arrests, the MPD is refusing to release the disciplinary files of two officers accused of threatening to kill high ranking city leaders. The police union claims this is a vendetta against those officers who complained about their salaries. This comes as negotiations are tense between the city and the union. The off-duty officers wouldn't speak with us but neighbors tell us they are good officers and they need to be back on the job.

"It sounds like he made somebody mad,” said one of the officer’s neighbors, Dennis Glaze.

When it comes to complaining about possible police salary cuts, it's a sensitive issue.

"He's the person that will tell you what he thinks and what he feels and I admire him for that,” said Glaze. “Somebody may be setting him up."

Memphis Police Officer Parker Culver and Officer Marc Henderson were relieved of duty last week for allegedly threatening to take over the weapons room at Ridgeway Station and shoot members of Memphis City government.

"That type of behavior won't be tolerated. I assure you a day will come they'll be held accountable for their statement,” said Police Director Toney Armstrong.

Memphis Police Association President Mike Williams says the whole thing is being blown out of proportion; they were just talking about pay. Both officers make less than $45,000 a year.

"I am not opposed to the investigation I just ask that it be fair,” said Williams.

Williams says if these threats are unfounded he hopes the person who's accusing these two officers of making threats will be punished.

"If you're going to make allegations against them that's going to tarnish their reputations,” said Williams.

Officer Culver of Bartlett wasn't home and Henderson of Cordova was home but wouldn't open the door. Both men are college graduates and have a clean personnel file. MPD says the internal administrative file would be available Thursday morning. Both officers remain relieved of duty with pay.
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