Memphis Council Approves New DNA Storage Room

(Memphis) Memphis City Council members approved providing one million dollars to build a new DNA storage room.

The money will come from one million dollars earmarked for the new International Paper building on Poplar Avenue

The council now has to find a way to fund that project in 2014.

The vote came after it grilled police director Toney Armstrong over the growing number of rape kits that went untested by the Memphis Police, some dating back to the 1980′s.

While some council members pushed to get more money for testing, others said the process needed to be reviewed.

Director Armstrong said there is a need to build a new facility in which to store all evidence.

Council member Shea Flinn said, “This represents a total failure of justice.”

Janis Fulliove added, “We have men sitting in prison cells who could be innocent, and guilty ones on the outside.”

News Channel 3 first revealed in 2010 that rape test kits were not being tested.

It took three years for action to be taken.

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