The next chapter in the story of citizen oversight of police in Memphis will be written by director of police services Michael Rallings.
|Paul Garner testifies at November 2017 CLERB hearing|
After hearing complaints from four citizens since November that police had mistreated them in various ways, the Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board wrote letters to Rallings on April 11 stating they determined officers had violated MPD policy and procedures, and thus they disagreed with internal affairs that the citizens’ complaints were invalid. CLERB also recommended certain actions from the police director, such as reprimands and training.
Rallings now must respond to CLERB and within 10 days per the city ordinance under which CLERB operates. Rallings must decide if he agrees or disagrees with the board’s findings and if so, if he is willing to institute CLERB’s recommendations regarding the officers. CLERB can only make recommendations; the board has no power to discipline an officer or require any actions by the police director.