Deputy shot, suspect killed in South Memphis

Two Memphis police officers arrested on same night

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two Memphis Police officers were both arrested last Thursday night in two different incidents.

The first happened just before 9 p.m. Thursday, when police say Officer Dartelle Joyner got into a fight with a woman inside of an East Memphis restaurant. They say a security guard tried to break it up.

That's when the nine-year veteran of the police department allegedly went to his car, got an ax and used it to threaten the security guard.

Joyner appeared in court on Monday, March 11 at which time the charges were dropped. He was ordered to pay the court costs and fines for the disorderly conduct charge, court records show.

Less than an hour later, authorities say Ozell Toles hit a utility pole while driving under the influence in Collierville. The 18-year MPD veteran now faces multiple charges.

Both officers were relieved of duty pending investigations by the department.

"Everybody doesn't look at the badge the same way either. Some people get the badge and hide behind it, other people get the badge and do right by it," Sargent said.

But these two are not the only MPD officers accused of breaking the law in 2019. Police also arrested Michael Moore and accused of attacking his pregnant girlfriend. Those charges were later dropped and Moore put back on duty. A former officer was arrested last month on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor.

And last month, two former MPD officers were sentenced in a heroin smuggling scheme.

"The number of police officers we have, they're a slice of what goes on in our society. There are going to be those that have their stuff together and those who go off on the deep end," resident Michael Parry said.

Parry grew up with his father as a police officer. He doesn't excuse bad behavior, but he sees how it could happen.

"Police officers are definitely under a lot more pressure than normal people," he said.

Both he and Sargent say they trust the majority of officers.

We contacted Memphis Police for a comment about these recent arrests. We're waiting to hear back.

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