MPD Frustrated Over Quick Release, Light Punishment Of Juvenile Offenders

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(Memphis) Memphis police are working to combat a spike in burglaries in one Parkway Village neighborhood, but call the task frustrating.

“Our officers are working hard. We are making good arrest, put them in jail, put them in juvenile court and a lot of times they're back out doing the same thing,” said Lt. Col. Kurt Philipps.

Juveniles are often released to the custody of a guardian within hours of being charged.

In the area of Willow and Perkins, there have 29 burglaries in the past month.

News Channel 3 talked with one homeowner that had been burglarized three times since Christmas.

“I was spending Christmas with my family, came home, walked in the front door, they were still in the house. He cut himself and bled everywhere in my house, so they were following the blood trial and ended up catching him,” said the homeowner about the 15-year-old who was arrested earlier this week.

“I would like to see them naturally hold on to these people longer but I understand overcrowding, all of that's out of our control,” said Lt. Col. Philipps.


  • Nonya Bidness

    Where may I use Deadly Force? – The “Castle Doctrine.”
    Here is where Tennessee law most strongly protects the right of a person to use deadly force, using an expanded version of the old adage that a person’s home is their “Castle.” Using the same criteria above, Tennessee law provides a person the presumption that they have a “reasonable belief that there is an imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury,” when the person using deadly force is inside their:
    1. Residence – a dwelling in which a person resides, either temporarily or permanently, or is visiting as an invited guest, or any dwelling, building or other appurtenance within the “curtilage” of the residence. Curtilage being defined as the area surrounding a dwelling that is necessary, convenient and habitually used for family purposes and for those activities associated with the sanctity of a person’s home.
    2. Business – a commercial enterprise or establishment owned by a person as all or part of the person’s livelihood or is under the owner’s control or who is an employee or agent of the owner with responsibility for protecting persons and property and shall include the interior and exterior premises of the business;
    3. Dwelling – a building or conveyance of any kind, including any attached porch, whether the building or conveyance is temporary or permanent, mobile or immobile, that has a roof over it, including a tent, and is designed for or capable of use by people.
    4. Vehicle – any motorized vehicle that is self-propelled and designed for use on public highways to transport people or property.

  • grayhawk

    Crossing over(EYE 240) is not Parkway Village but that area is still fill
    with older white folk as homeowner an our young black pry on these elderly
    people like white on rice, I would tell these homeowner to park there cars
    else where an have a KILL NIG–ER DAY.

  • hateliberalcommies

    Until these animals are put in the ground,,not in the juvenile joke of a system we will continue to have problems..

  • Greg

    These can’t be white people talking like this? This has to be black people posing as whites just to stir things up. Please tell me I’m right, this is just shameful talk..

  • Ric

    “Stillwatch” is the answer….Worked then, will work now…..

    Demand it from the “full of excuses” and worthless MPD!!

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