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Former Officer Says Cops Refused to Respond to Call for Help

MEMPHIS, Tenn (localmemphis.com) - A former Memphis Police lieutenant called out his own on Facebook.

Bill Greenwood said MPD refused to respond to his call about a burglary Wednesday night.

"I was just frustrated and angry," said Greenwood.

Greenwood said last Wednesday he was stopping by his security job in southeast Memphis when he saw a U-Haul backed up to a semi-truck on Pleasant Hill Road near Holmes Road. He watched and heard burglars slinging boxes.

"In the profession I'm in we deal with cargo theft, that's one of our biggest issues. And to actually catch somebody in the act is not only rare but it's very hard," said Greenwood.

As the crooks in the U-Haul drove away, Greenwood followed and called 911.

He said he was on the phone with dispatchers for at least 30 minutes.

They told him about the no pursuit policy, but no officers showed up to even stop the guys let alone chase them.

"I said, 'So are you telling me nobody's coming?' She would never tell me yes or no," Greenwood recalled.

Frustrated Greenwood said he backed off when drivers in other cars did show up. However, they seemed to want to help the burglars and tried to run him off the road.

"Sort of disheartening that good guys didn't come, and the bad guys called their back up and they did come," said Greenwood.

Greenwood said he is not trying to get anyone in trouble, and that he wants law enforcement to catch the thieves more than anything.

He shared his experience on Facebook and with us hoping MPD takes action.

"Just fix the problem and let's move on and let's make things better," said Greenwood.

Greenwood said he talked with the Cargo Task Force, so they can investigate the burglary.

A spokesperson with MPD said they are aware of the post and are looking into it.

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