MPD/MPA War Of Words Concludes Peacefully

(Memphis) The Memphis police director and union president spoke Friday evening and said cooler heads have prevailed in their war of the words.

President Mike Williams said his original comments were a “misunderstanding” and he didn’t mean to impugn the integrity of Director Toney Armstrong, who said they must have a common accord.

The two men said there will be no lawsuits and no reassignments – everything is back to normal.

“We both have sat down, aired our differences, and going forward it’s going to make our relationship stronger,” Armstrong said.

It was anything but days ago, when Armstrong reassigned Williams from his assignment at the police union and ordered he and his staff return to the beat. Armstrong even threatened to charge him with violating police policy.

Williams took issue with the city’s crime stats and a police department source said Williams believed Mayor A C Wharton took too big a role in running the department.

Williams threatened to sue the city if he and his staff didn’t keep their posts, which they now have back.

“It’s better to mend fences, that’s what we’re going to do, so we can go back to the business we’re both tasked to do,” said Williams.

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