In 1987, Memphis police shot and killed a mentally ill man. The following year, the police department formed a partnership with advocates for the mentally ill to train certain officers to deal with those situations. Those officers became the Crisis Intervention Team or CIT.
Since then, departments across the country have been forming their own CIT teams, using the Memphis model as their guide. After a drug addict was stabbed by police in Madison a few months ago, concerned citizens began asking police to adopt a system similar to the one in Memphis.
Madison police chief Noble Wray publicly rejected our model. Wray says in Memphis, officers on the CIT team need good judgment, maturity, and leadership skills whereas in Madison, those qualities are required for all officers on the force. He dubbed this the Madison Model.
So what are you saying, Wray? That our cops arent as good as yours? Bring it on.For more, go here.
Next: The Los Angeles auction house Bonhams & Butterfields is selling the purchase and sale agreement that Elvis signed for Graceland. Bonhams & Butterfields is estimating the auction of the document, being held June 25th and 26th, will bring as much as $75,000. Previous Elvis memorabilia sold by Bonhams & Butterfields has brought in $3,000,000. Check it out here.
Local talk jock Leon Gray is no longer affiliated with Progressive Talk 680/Air America. His photograph has been removed from the Web site, and his blog has been deleted. When asked about the circumstances surrounding Grays sudden departure WWTQ programmer Jerry Dean responded, No comment. When asked if the station planned to hire a new local personality Dean responded, No comment. All Dean would offer was that Leons show would be replaced by the last hour of the Randi Rhodes show, and the first hour of the Majority Report.
$22 million - Lodging, food, transportation and entertainment spent by festival-goers as a whole.
191 - Nearly 200 new jobs were created in Coffee County during the months leading up to and after the festival.
Mayor Willie Herenton met with the council for half an hour Tuesday, then spent several more minutes answering questions and sparring with reporters outside the conference room in City Hall. At the end of the day, there were no definitive answers about the FedExForum parking garage that enriches the Memphis Grizzlies but was supposed to be a nonprofit mass transit facility.
A highly educational website called drunkuniversity.com has a photo of these guys, and the photo is labeled Memphis in May. Now, we dont know if this was actually taken at Memphis in May, and we dont know if these guys ever attended a university, but we are fairly confident they are indeed drunken.
Recognize any of these fellows? The website allows viewers to rate the pictures, and this one got a 3.4 out of 5, which seems pretty good to us.
Last week saw a generous number of Flyer hands on deck in Little Rock for the annual convention of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. A feature of the event was a tour of the Clinton Museum on the Arkansas River, and to top that came a luncheon address from the man himself on Saturday, the last day of the convention.