Memphis Police Officers Fired for Making Threats

Memphis Police Officers Fired for Making Threats

Two officers have been terminated from the Memphis Police Department for making threats at their precinct.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Two officers have been terminated from the Memphis Police Department for making threats at their precinct.

Officers Parker Culver and Marc Henderson were both relived of duty in February after it was reported they threatened to take over the weapons room at Ridgeway Station and shoot members of Memphis city government.

According to investigators, Culver and Henderson were upset about budget cuts within the Memphis Police Department and made threats to use deadly force against those responsible for those cuts.

At the time the threats were reported, MPD Director Toney Armstrong stated, "The thing that concerns me the most is we didn't hear about this through rumors. We heard about this through co-workers. You have to understand how difficult it would be for an officer to say, 'I think you need to look at this officer,' for whatever reason."

Armstrong said the officers didn't specifically name those they wanted to target, but he took the threats seriously.

"You would like to think are these officers blowing off steam - are these officers just talking locker room talk? But you can't leave it to us or the public to interpret your intentions. That type of behavior won't be tolerated. I assure you a day will come they'll be held accountable for their statement."

After a May 22 administrative hearing, both officers were terminated for the incident.

Officer Culver, 29, has been employed with MPD since July 2009, and Officer Henderson, 32, has been employed with MPD since January 2011.


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