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430 Memphis Officers Have Called in Sick This Month

July 07, 2014  | 

Since June 30, 430 Memphis police officers have called in sick, a number that has grown by more than 100 since Sunday.

On Sunday, Memphis police officials announced that 308 had called in sick, a number that represented more than 13 percent of the department. That percentage has now grown to 18.9 percent of the department’s 2,280 officers.

Police Director Toney Armstrong confirmed Sunday that this is a work action, being called the “Blue Flu,” the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports.

About 50 Shelby County Sheriff's deputies had to assist Memphis police Saturday night with Beale Street operations after the total grew to 181 officers off sick. At least eight deputies also assisted with Sunday operations on Beale.

Comments (7)

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KevCopAz @ 7/7/2014 3:05 PM

Gee let me guess problems with moral (ha ha). Oh let the Mayor and council who probably cut the budget on the backs of the PD get off their dead behinds and protect the City of Memphis with their lives rather then their mouths! If being a cop is so easy, as many would have you believe then it should be easy to get hundreds od "quality cheap" labor to replace them. Perhaps if I were a Chief in a surrounding agency I would be recruiting big time in memphis.

Lenny @ 7/7/2014 3:06 PM

Over benefits?
Fire all of them for cause, and let's see how they do with out
the benefit of a paycheck from the taxpayer!

Capt. Crunch @ 7/7/2014 6:46 PM

God bless my brothers and sisters in blue. I hope the city gets smart and gives them the benefits they deserve.

@ Lenny (aka Len-nerd) you should not wish bad luck on people because it can happen to you and most likely it will happen to you.

B.T.Roberts @ 7/7/2014 7:01 PM

I am a retired Shelby Deputy (Memphis) and just so you will know what this is about.
The City Council voted to take away Health Insurance for retiree’s, Police Fire, EMS and everyone else, Oh you can keep it, it just cost you the 100% contribution, so if you’re a retired patrolman with a family plan (you & spouse) you draw after taxes and standard deductions 1800 and your insurance is about 1300-1500.
Retiree is 25yrs service or medical. Let’s say you go on a call for service and you are severely injured, 30yrs old paralyzed for life with a wife and 4 small children. Would you take that chance? Would you run into a burning building? Most Officers are working simply to support their brothers and sisters in uniform. But they are taking a hell of a risk.
Current employees took a 34% rate hike on their insurance, plus a heavily increased co-pay and yearly deductible. If the employee smokes that’s an extra 120 surcharge per month. And the 25yr retirement has been canceled for officers with

Lenny @ 7/7/2014 8:01 PM

Luck has nothing to do with it.
I am saying they should be fired.
I hope that the officers who turned their back on their responsibilities
are treated the same way bad(criminals)cops treat good cops(those who would expose them).

And stop threatening me!

Sure do love my Canadian health care. Cheap and available.
Or as you guys call it Socialist.

Chicago Sam @ 7/7/2014 10:57 PM

"...Sure do love my Canadian health care. Cheap and available.
Or as you guys call it Socialist. "

Cheap!?!? Pay Canadian TAXES on everything, your income, gasoline, liquor, tobacco and say cheap. Available!?!? Wait for months to see a doctor and a year to get treatment. Canadians who have money, "Jump the queue" and come to the U.S. to get treatment. With Obamacare we won't be far behind you.

"Blue Flu" is not a good labor tactic. Get out the vote. Publicly threaten any politician who threatens your livelihood with the vote. Find out their secrets, their bad habits, their mistresses, when their kids screw up.

Good Luck to y'all.

Skippy @ 7/9/2014 9:00 AM

Those criminals in the federal government love sitting back and watching us common folk argue amongst our selves, it sure taking the attention away from them. When will this country start addressing the root of the problems. When we stop allowing the medical profession to charge these astronomical amounts of money then maybe health insurance will be affordable. There is nothing that justifies charging the amount of money they get, NOTHING! What makes a physician worth more than a garbage man, or a postal worker or a cop or fireman? Nothing! its just another way to make somebody else freaking rich. You people wont wake up until they are marching us into the ovens!

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