City Council denies money to fight crime, blight in Frayser

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The search is on for the person who killed 18-year-old Cordarrius Norment in front of a house on the 4900 block of Ajanders.

"He was a fun person, kind person, he ain't mess with nobody," Andrea Norment said. "I don't know why they...I don't know why they did...that was my little cousin."

The tears, flashing lights, and crime tape is a familiar scene for people who live in the Frayser community.

The Frayser Neighborhood Council is trying to change that.

"So we took a plan to the council to try to get their support to do something about it," Charlie Caswell said.

The organization's $500,000 proposal got the boot during the city council meeting this week.

"Training block captains right. Having residents to becoming block captains on their block and getting more engaged with the neighbors to try and watch and be eyes and ears on their block," Caswell said.

The plan also included fighting blight in the area by cutting back grass and getting dilapidated houses demolished.

"We was told basically we may want to look down the road at another opportunity to come to them with the plan," Caswell said.

However, with crime still happening and no new money planned to go toward changing it, Caswell said it sends the wrong message to the community.

"I think the criminals said 'well okay they're not going to get any help.' The residents said 'the help is not coming' and I think it lowered the morale of people," Caswell said.

Police are still working to figure out who shot the teenagers and why.


  • Jemma

    But….according to Wharton’s email to the city employees who’s benefits he’s just taken away, it was done for the purpose of “strengthening public safety and eliminating blight without increasing the property tax rate for our citizens”. Hypocritical, much???

  • Bold Truth

    This mayor doesn’t want to help the black community. He never has. If you want change, the do it at the ballot box. It’s the only way to get things organized in this city. We can talk over the water cooker all day, but it doesn’t mean squat if you don’t vote. If midtown can be revitalized, Frayser can. If downy can be cleaned up, Frayser can. If the Cooper and Young can get attention, so cam Frayser. Only the districts that have large voter turnout get results.

    Think about it Memphis…

  • Dr. JohnS

    This mayor and city council newspapers and tell how much they want to become involved in the neighborhood to get rid of the crime, blight, etc. Just lies more lies and more lies. If they are re-elected then it is only the fault of the people not the mayor and city council.

    • 100

      Yes. Gang signs. Yest some poor, confused family/friend still claims that they don’t know why anyone would kill their gang member. It’s sad youths don’t realize that they are making death deals when they get into gangs. Funding is half the battle. Caring hearts is the other half needed to improve the decaying communities such as Frayser.

  • The Real Nonya

    They should pull all police out and let the rival gangs kill each other off. When they are done the police can move back in and kill off the stragglers.

  • Council Clowns

    Austin PD is accepting Lateral Transfers: The Memphis PD couldn’t even begin to touch the benfits offered by the Austin PD, including a 23 year retirement at 3.2%/year–even before the heath benefits cuts.

    Police Officer 2 Year Anniversary Salary: $69,851, an officer with the same general description as the 1 Year Officer but also receives Field Training Officer pay ($2,100 per year) and Crisis Intervention Officer pay($2,100 per year) could earn $82,391 per year.
    Benefits and Pay Incentives
    •Field Training Officer $175 (monthly)
    •Crisis Intervention Officer $175(monthly)
    •Bi-Lingual Pay $175 (monthly)
    •Shift Differential Pay $300 (monthly)
    •Health Insurance
    •Long Term Disability Insurance
    •Vacation Leave 150 hours accrued yearly
    •Holidays (11)
    •Personal Holidays- 16 hours
    •Emergency Leave- 40 hours
    •Tuition Reimbursement
    •Court Overtime- Minimum 4 hours
    •On Call Compensation-8 hours per week
    •Call out from home Overtime- 3 hours minimum
    •Dental Plan/Eye Plan
    •Patrol Officers work 4 ten hour days with 3 days off
    •Life Insurance
    •Sick Leave 145.92 hours accrued yearly
    •23 year retirement plan (3.2 multiplier)
    •Clothing allowance for select units $500
    •Uniforms and associated equipment provided (including pistols)
    •Associates Degree or 60 or more college credits $100 (monthly)
    •Bachelors Degree $220 (monthly)
    •Masters Degree $300 (monthly)
    •Master Peace Officer Pay $150 (monthly)
    •15 Military Days per year
    •Sick time buyback at retirement up to 1400 hours
    •Longevity Pay- $100 per year up to 25 years (yearly)
    •Deferred Compensation Plan

    The Austin Police Retirement system pays a pension based on a minimum 23 years of service at any age for a full retirement. It is based on the following formula: Years of service (23) X multiplier (3.2%)= percentage of base salary (73.6%). Officers may stay additional years past 23 to accrue additional retirement funds with no limit. Military personnel are eligible to purchase an additional 2 years into the retirement system added on after 23 years of service with the Austin Police Department. Compared to most police departments in Texas and the United States our retirement system ranks as one of the best. Most police agencies offer a 20 year retirement at 50% of their pay.

  • Arguenot

    Why let the Council’s refusal stop you Frayser? You can still watch out for each other, clean up the trash, mow the vacant yards….. Why is the lack of funding stopping you from taking back your neighborhood?
    Labor is free, should your neighbors choose to get out there and take some pride in their community.

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