Police Association President Talks After Clash With Director Toney Armstrong

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(Memphis) There is new information on the clash between the man who runs the Memphis police department and the man in charge of its union.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong announced he wanted Officer Mike Williams, the union president, charged with violating administrative policy.

This all stems from a war of words between the two men.

Armstrong is accusing Mike Williams of putting out false information about how bad crime is in Memphis, while the police department and city hall say crime is decreasing.

Williams won't talk about the investigation against him. He's not allowed to do that, but he doesn't mind talking about why he's so vocal as leader of the Memphis Police Association.

Williams told WREG, “I’m not trying to refute the numbers of the director or what they've put together. That's not for me to do. However, as I go out to community meetings and I'm talking to people in the community. They're verbalizing their fears. "

Williams has been vocal about crime being a problem in Memphis and things reached the boiling point yesterday in a meeting with Armstrong.

Armstrong announced he wanted Williams charged with verbal misconduct by the end of the week.

"I think the director is doing an outstanding job. However, I did want to point out the perception of the citizens in this city, said Williams."

The police department and city hall recently released stats showing crime is down. This happened at a time when Williams is talking about his concerns about crime in interviews with the media and on his Facebook page.

After ten people were shot this weekend, Williams linked to a WREG story and posted, ‘crime is down!!!’.

Williams said, "I was born here, raised here, probably going to die here. So, I'm very concerned about the citizens of this city and the direction this city is going in.”

Williams says he’s aware Armstrong is still his boss even though he’s assigned to the union hall. Fellow cops elected Williams to serve as president.

“I understand the director has a job to do. There are no ill feelings with me because I just have to keep doing what God have assigned me to do,” said Williams.

So far, Williams has not received notice of any statement of charges from his boss, Director Armstrong.


  • equalopportunityhater

    Stay strong Mike and keep up the fight. We all appreciate it. In regards to the clown we call our leader, he only wants to shut Mr. Williams down because he is speaking the truth. Patroleman have certain categories they file reports under. They have been told by their superiors to file the lowest category possible so as to make the stats look good. I know that for a fact. Burglaries become vandilisms, little boxes get checked here and there to make the paperwork look better, so on and so forth. Numbers can be made to say anything you want them to. For instance “half a foot of rain” sounds much more Armageddon than saying “6 inches of rain.” Same thing, one just sounds better. That’s what sweet ole Armstrong is putting out there. Is it really OK for him to be lying to the citizens. This is the man that just a few weeks ago informed citizens that the computers had been hacked back last year. He hides stuff all the time. Are we really to trust him on this? Mr. Armstrong, I hope when your time as director comes to an end, you don’t lie to your children and tell them you were a great leader, because they will sure be disappointed when they talk to the brave men and women who serve under you. They only listen to you because they have to. You don’t get respect because you haven’t earned it. Grow a set and stop being the mayors winey little b!t(h.

    • Cheryl Marty

      I have been screeming at city council about this very thing for a while now and they just stick their heads in the sand. Wharton is a Joke, and I lost all respect for Armstrong at the budget meeting with council. I think they all are a bunch of 2 bit lying thugs that pad numbers to be able to pat themseves on the back. maybe time for some blue flu. I got ammo and know my rights.

  • IwishUwould

    Seems like the Wharton gang strikes again. Whatever happened to the 57 million for the schools that Wharton said was in the bank.. How can a city thats broke by a stadium but cut police officer’s and firemen. .Armstrong you a Coward I bet you g It punked in school. All brain no bronze stop letting the Wharton gang tell you what to do.

  • Chris Williams

    Good job Tony Armstrong. Mike Williams needs to learn to stay in his place. Hey Mike, Tony Armstrong is your boss! How does it look when you’re putting out information that contradicts what your BOSS is putting out?? If you disagree with the information that your BOSS is telling the public then resign and become a community organizer. Mike Williams, you’re about to let Thaddeus Matthews cost you your job…

  • what?????

    Anyone who visit Memphis can see crime is so very rampant in this city, if crime is down then there’s still a very long for this city.

  • Greg

    Yes, let’s all act like crime is down. It will make us feel better and relax and enjoy our City a little more, that is, until we are a victim of crime again, which won’t be long.

  • Jeannie gentry

    Mike Williams, WAY TO GO !! You are a leader of the People, and are exactly what we need in this city, again. Id love to see an outside source do an audit on Memphis’ crime rate. Lived her all my life, and have never seen this place in such a mess. I tell my friends from other cities, dont move here, it is too dangerous. We have very little protection, and I dont blame the MP officers for leaving to anther city where the know how to, and want to fight crime.

  • Denise

    Armstrong is right. Taxpayers pay these people to be police officers. They need to conduct union business on their own time. It’s common sense. You can’t go to your job as a nurse and sell donuts all day, right?

  • Denise

    I wonder if taxpaying citizens are also paying firefighters/paramedics to do union work as well…

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