MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP, abc24.com) - Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is ordering a review of internal police procedures following repeated cases of alleged officer misconduct, including an off-duty officer's involvement in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy.
The shooting occurred around 8 p.m. on Monday, September 24 near Wooddale Ave and Jenkins St in the Parkway Village area. The teen victim was later identified as Justin Thompson.
Wharton said at a Tuesday news conference that acts of police misconduct erode public trust and will not be tolerated. He said he is bringing in an outside consultant with a law enforcement background to help conduct a review of procedures involving officer accountability, recruitment and hiring practices, education and training, and the effectiveness of the department's internal affairs arm.
Wharton said he could provide few details about the boy's shooting on Monday night. He did acknowledge that the shooting was related to an attempted robbery.
Wharton has asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for help investigating the shooting.