Local 24 News Political Analyst/Commentator Otis Sanford On Lawsuit Over Body In Van In MPD Impound


THE CITY OF MEMPHIS IS RESPONDING TO A WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT … FILED NEARLY A YEAR AFTER A SHOOTING VICTIM WAS FOUND DEAD IN VAN … SANFORD GIVES US NEW INSIGHT ON THE CASE… IN TONIGHT’S POINT OF VIEW. OTIS SANFORD/REPORTIN G: ………AN IMPORTANT LEGAL CASE – NOW MAKING ITS WAY THROUGH THE COURTS – COULD GO A LONG WAY IN DETERMINING WHETHER THE CITY CAN BE HELD FINANCIALLY LIABLE – IF POLICE OFFICERS FAIL TO PROPERLY DO THEIR JOBS. YOU MIGHT RECALL THAT A YEAR AGO, A MAN’S BODY WAS DISCOVERED IN A VAN THAT HAD BEEN SITTING IN THE POLICE IMPOUND LOT FOR 49 DAYS. THE MAN TIME. MAYOR JIM STRICKLAND CALLED THE INCIDENT A CLEAR VIOLATION OF POLICE POLICY. AND POLICE DIRECTOR MIKE RALLINGS CALLED IT UNACCEPTABLE. NO ONE KNOWS IF THE MAN WAS STILL ALIVE WHEN THE VAN WAS IMPOUNDED. BUT IN RECENT COURT FILINGS REPORTED BY THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL, THE CITY IS DENYING ANY WRONGDOING – AND ATTORNEYS ARGUE THAT WHILE MISTAKES WERE MADE, NO MONEY DAMAGES ARE DUE THE MAN’S FAMILY. AT FIRST BLUSH, SOME MIGHT SEE THE CITY’S RESPONSE AS COLD HEARTED – GIVEN THE FACT THAT THE BODY WENT UNDETECTED FOR SO LONG. THAT IS WHY THE COURT CASE IS SO INTRIGUING. IT’S SEEMS CLEAR THAT THIS WAS SLOPPY POLICE WORK. BUT IS THE




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