“Blue Flu” has little or no impact in Memphis suburbs

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SOUTHAVEN, Miss. -- More Memphis police officers called in sick Monday, part of an apparent protest over pension and benefit changes that have city workers and retires angry.

But so far, there’s been little, if any impact in the Memphis suburbs, especially in DeSoto County.

The benefit and pension fights in Memphis don’t surprise Anthony Tsoukalas one bit. He just moved to Southaven from Detroit.

"Back in Detroit, they were cutting people’s pensions, they were cutting everywhere, they were closing schools. That’s actually one of the reasons I decided to move down here. It’s a little safer and a little better jobs.”

As more Memphis cops called in sick Monday, officers across the state line in Mississippi have noticed, but not in terms of crime crossing the border.

”I wouldn’t expect it to affect us at all. If anything, criminals are going to go where there’s less cops ,not where there’s more cops,” said Southaven Police Chief Tom Long, who also said his officers will continue to patrol along the state line that separates his town from Memphis, as they always have.

”We try to be as visible as we can and we’re gonna maintain that visibility and it’s that visibility that stops most of your criminal activity.”

And that gives residents like Tsoukalas a little piece of mind.

”There’s plenty of stuff going on in Detroit. I lived a little South of it and we never had any issues, and I don’t think there’s gonna be any here either.”

None of the departments we talked to said they planned any additional patrols, but most wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple more patrol cars on suburban streets in the days ahead.


  • Paul Fischer

    While the suburbs aren’t affected by the “Blue Flu”, our businesses in Memphis are and I will hold the MPD responsible if there is a riot and the police are out “sick” cannot respond accordingly. Especially with all the taxes business owners pay to Memphis.

    • Don

      I will hold the MPD responsible
      You need to blame where it belongs.not the policemen who are fighting for they are fight for. It is the idiots like AC & Toney.
      The governor will send the NG and help the Sheriff who is capable of handling most riots that turn up. And it might be some of the officers would be there also who are recovering from their sickness temporary until the riots are taken care of.

  • Dirk Diggler

    AC and Toney didn’t make the officer loose their ethics and morals and forget that they took a job to protect the community that pays them. The officers did.

  • Dirk Diggler

    AC and Toney didn’t make the officers loose their ethics and morals and forget that they took a job to protect the community that pays them. The officers did.

  • MPD Officer

    Hey Dirk you should come apply, we have plenty of open positions as you can see…Bottonline- i will not risk my life for nothing in return. Something as little as a traffic stop could end tragic..LOL, i wonder what you do for a living Jerk.

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