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March 2023 Blues Vol 39 No. 3

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48 SCORPION STREET CRIME UNITS • FULTON COUNTY SCORPION - DOES IT RIGHT • MEMPHIS UNIT SHUT DOWN AND FIVE OFFICERS INDICTED 60 ALTERNATIVES TO LETHAL FORCE DEPARTMENTS 6 PUBLISHER’S THOUGHTS 8 EDITOR’S THOUGHTS 12 GUEST COMMENTARY lEONARD A. SIPES 16 NEWS AROUND THE US 68 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 70 REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN HEROES 80 WAR STORIES 84 AFTERMATH 90 HEALING OUR HEROES 92 DARYL’S DELIBERATIONS 94 LIGHT BULB AWARD 96 RUNNING 4 HEROES 98 BLUE MENTAL HEALTH DR. 100 ADS BACK IN THE DAY 104 PARTING SHOTS 106 BUYERS GUIDE 126 NOW HIRING 192 BACK PAGE

STREET CRIMES UNITS

STREET CRIMES UNITS Not Even Close. Memphis Police SCORPION UNIT If there ever was an abject failure of a specialized police unit, the SCORPION unit of the Memphis Police Department would be top of the list. In Memphis’ case, SCORPI- ON stood for “Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods.” What happened on January 7th, did anything BUT restore peace in a neighborhood. Twenty-nineyear-old Tyre Nichols didn’t stand a chance against the rogue cops that disgraced the badge and put Memphis in the cross hairs of every good cop in America. The department shutdown the unit the day after they released body-cam video showing officers beating Nichols nearly to death. He did in fact die three days later in a hospital from injuries inflicted by the out-ofcontrol officers. As of March 1st, seven officers have been fired and five charged with Nichols’ murder. The Memphis Fire Department also terminated three of its employees, Robert Long, JaMicheal Sandriidge and Lt. Michelle Whitaker, for violating “numerous MFD Policies and Protocols.” The release from MPD said: “Their actions or inactions on the scene that night do not meet the expectations of the Memphis Fire Department and are not reflective of the outstanding service the men and women of the MFD provide daily to our community.” HISTORY OF SCORPION Memphis PD formed the SCOR- PION unit in October of 2021. It was one of the first initiatives of Memphis’ new police chief, Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis, who was its first black female chief. Davis had been fired from the Atlanta police department in 2008 for her alleged involvement in a sex crimes investigation into the husband of an Atlanta police sergeant, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. At its inception, SCORPION had 40-50 people assigned to the unit and had an annual budget of more than million. According to one source within the department, most of the officers assigned to the original team veterans of the 52 The BLUES The BLUES 53 52 The BLUES The BLUES 53

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