Holiday protests? And you want our support?
Second rate idiots only surpassed by the first rate idiots that voted them into office.
The validity of the problem in regard to this article remains.
Socio-economic problems are relentless in every town, city and state. I've lived in the midwest, mid-atlantic and south (in much larger cities) prior to moving to the mid-south (Memphis.)
Regarding race relations for which you allude to and (specifically) in regard to Memphis appear to have changed very little from decades ago. Presumptive illusions to my being bigoted are interesting. Your delving and or justifiying as to why things are or the way they are are equally interesting.
Luckily for me, I'm not tethered either to Memphis, laziness or ignorance. Unfortunately for those that are, the hot, swirling stew never ends.
In more progressive, activist, intelligence centered areas of the United States, the premise and position regarding this article would be front page.
I assume you concur that there is a mess. Bill Gibbons' (attempting to save his ass) deflection of responsibility as well as the other characters including the mayor and former mayors and police chief as well as former police chiefs speaks volumes.
That being said, I'd suggest Tony Armstong walked into a hornet's nest upon becoming chief however the simple fact that he has shown more face time (humility) than others, has earned my respect.
oldtimeplayer, I agree with your comments however take exception to "Electing city council members that understands budgets, etc is just not a valid point."
If in fact there is a funding problem regarding the "timely" analysis of untested rape kits, then the understanding of budgets and or their priorities has obviously taken a backseat for years. I'm not implying that council members should know the detailed minutiae of every aspect of city government. This particular problem has gone on for years and is an insult to every citizen (especially females) living in Memphis.
The "status quo" in Memphis rarely turns over elected officials from term to term. They (Memphis citizens) seem quite happy with the current and ongoing state of affairs ie. increased taxes, crime, blight, potholes, trash pickup etc., etc. etc. Talking about not re-electing a politician and actually doing it are entirely two different things and an anomaly here based on results.
Attempting to understand a budget should be a priority of any government body. If deferring to hired "experts" seems more plausible, then having elected officials in the first place seems somewhat fruitless. Of course those experts command taxpayer dollars for their services on top of the countless and frankly useless expeditures that the City of Memphis doles out on an ongoing basis.
Lastly, you note "if these things are done." I've lived here almost seven years and objectively, that's a pipe dream.
The political makeup of Memphis includes a measured minority of intelligence but mainly idealogy, clowns and wholesale ignorance. If you have any deep interest in how governments function and or public policy, the comment "Electing city council members that understands budgets, etc is just not a valid point" should probably be made only among close friends and not the public at large; assuming you wish to be taken seriously.
"What can a citizen do to help put pressure on the MPD? Do they lack some kind of funding? Or are they just making excuses?" Posted by Citizen on 01/18/2014 at 8:24 PM
Interesting question. Perhaps forwarding this and other articles concerning this travesty to the national news media might be a start. Electing city council members that understand budgets, their fiduciary responsibilities and most importantly, hold people accountable might be a next step.
Unfortunately, the tepid response(s) from the mayor, police chief and citizens
in general (note the lack of comments here) is remarkable.
In Memphis, lack of funding and excuses go hand in hand.
A systemic problem of ignorance that will cost the MPD and City of Memphis dearly.
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