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Video: "Blue Flu" Allegedly Hits Memphis Police

July 06, 2014  | 

VIDEO: "Blue Flu" Allegedly Hits Memphis Police

Memphis (Tenn.) Police are reporting that 181 officers have called in sick over the past week, allegedly in response to sweeping benefits cuts.

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong has responded to numerous questions about staffing levels at police stations.

Armstrong told WREG-TV that 181 officers have called in sick since June 30, 2014.

The police department did not put that number in perspective compared with the same time period in recent years.

The statement said in part, "Memphis Police Department is re-grouping the manpower in an effort to provide continuity to the citizens of Memphis."

The Shelby County (Tenn.) Sheriff’s Office has agreed to assist with operations on Beale Street as they have done in the past.

The Memphis Police Association denies sanctioning any kind of sick-out.

Comments (11)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 7/6/2014 9:32 AM

Hate to hear about illegal strikes. The Officers owe their allegiance to the public as they all stated in their oath of office. Many never bother to read their oath nor take it seriously. Their grievances are most likely valid. Take the matter to court but don't fail your responsibility to your office. Law breakers should be fired the same as anyone else.

Fedup @ 7/6/2014 12:18 PM

Do a bit more research... the city squandered HALF A BILLION DOLLARS in the last 7 years, refused to pay into the pension system (Illegal), was ordered by the state to pay it back. City council and mayor refused to raise taxes to cover it so retirees are being force t cover 100% of all health care with no social security benefits..... a city employee that retires now will in effect NOT have a check..... Google "Memphis 1968" History repeats.

Concerned Citizen @ 7/6/2014 11:01 PM

The Real Pandemic is the hoards of Illegal Aliens in Detention Camps, as a starting ground to Round Up US Citizens for things like Ebola etc. I live in a city that screws LEOs and Taxpayers. I'm empathetic. But people should remember a Nation that Fears God, is a Just Nation. When citizens Fear God and Political people do. There is Justice! Because they FEAR what will happen to them in the Afterlife. Please LEOs strive to be the best you can be. Regardless of the Ruling Class, tying chains on your hands. Average citizens who love Freedom and respect you. Aren't the Enemy! Even if the Media tells you! It's the New World Order and the Shadow Government to fear. Not some person who wants to Close the Border and doesn't like One World Government!

SupportingMemphisPolice&F @ 7/7/2014 6:24 PM

Well the numbers are now over 500 out. Days off cancelled and no benefit days can be taken. It will get worse. Keep watch on this. It will be interesting. The Mayor and Council have committed illegal acts and have been called on it by the state. They have taken money from the schools illegally reduced city budgets all to fund pet projects and of course line pockets. And it is not a strike. They cannot legally strike, however the stress is making them sick. An example is if a retiree receives a monthly pension of $2600 a month his health insurance premium will be around $1600 a month, so he has $1000 in spendable cash for food, bills, medicine, and whatever else. He or she is not eligible for Social Security.

DD @ 7/7/2014 11:55 PM

When a soldier breaks his oath and doesn't work because the govt. Is screwing them now and later they call it deserting. When a coward cop does the same thing they call it blue flu. Fire all of them and bring in the national guard till they can be replaced. There is a line of people wanting their job. Let them try to work somewhere else after being fired.

DD @ 7/8/2014 12:00 AM

Before you open your mouth. I am a corrections officer and I pay up to 1500 a month for insurance and have the same crapppy retirement. I work with nothing but bad guys and do it unarmed and by myself most of the time. I have no where to run and don't get to wait for 5 backup cars. We took an oath and stand behind it.

LEO @ 7/8/2014 7:23 AM

My bad corrections officer..when you have shots fired at your head, then post about someone being a coward. When you're a widow, because your husband or wife has been killed in the line of duty and your benefits are about to be cut..then post. When you're watching your partner bleed out, as you try to stop the bleeding, then post. When you have given 25 plus years to the second most dangerous city in America and expect what's been promised to you..then post. When you not only deal with dangerous inmates, but dangerous civilians outside of prison..then post. When you come join us on the all means post.

LEO @ 7/8/2014 7:40 AM

Apologies for my previous comment. I stand behind my brothers and sisters, who are doing what they feel is necessary. I won't sit behind a computer and point fingers, and let a divide come between us. I understand that a corrections officer's job can be dangerous as well. While I disagree with my partners being called a coward, I shouldn't have went on a rant.

CT LEO @ 7/8/2014 10:43 AM

I'm in the reserves and a LEO. LEO you hit the nail on the head.

support my brothers in bl @ 7/8/2014 2:27 PM

Please people refrain from saying anything about these police officers. Especially if you are lying in your bed at night while my brothers in blue are protecting your home so you can have a good night sleep. Also if a spouse has been killed in the line of duty so that you can walk the streets safe. I agree with the blue flu. I wish it hit Atlanta.

Ima Leprechaun @ 7/9/2014 12:47 PM

I have no doubt the City of Memphis is screwing the Officers. But either court action or binding arbitration is the proper way to confront this problem not wildcat strikes. At least do things in a way the public can understand because ultimately they are the support base that will decide which faction is right. Higher taxes is not always the best answer in an area already over taxed. It is easy to see the problems here are immense. Retiree's too have it bad with ever increasing healthcare costs and no increase in a fixed retirement and they have no recourse at all and they have no voice at all. We are all hurting, but I do not favor illegal job actions to attempt to correct the problem. All that does is buy a headline and a lot of bad press. Taking legal action against political (local government) law breakers and straightening out local issues is about the most any group could do at this point. I have seen cities much more corrupt than this one that are constantly screwing their public servants (police, fire, ems) and it is a difficult problem to resolve. But the legal process and keeping "right" on your side will ultimately prevail. No doubt the issue is a toughie.

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