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Memphis mayor, MPA president exchange heated words over TACT unit shutdown

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Memphis Police Association president Mike Williams and mayor A C Wharton exchanged a fiery war of words. Memphis Police Association president Mike Williams and mayor A C Wharton exchanged a fiery war of words.
Williams says his assumption was based on how MPA membership perceives the way officers have been treated by the city in the past. Williams says his assumption was based on how MPA membership perceives the way officers have been treated by the city in the past.

(WMC-TV) - Memphis Police Association President Mike Williams and Mayor A C Wharton exchanged a fiery war of words Tuesday in regards to the special police TACT unit being under an internal investigation.

It all started with a stand-off situation when the TACT tried to arrest Aaron Dumas on outstanding warrants for attempted murder October 15. Two cops were shot. The house Dumas was barricaded in burned down and then he died.

Memphis police decided to temporarily shut down the TACT unit as they conduct an internal investigation. On Monday, Williams questioned whether Memphis City Hall made the TACT unit decision.

"Mike Williams, you are flat out lying," said Wharton to the MPA president during a news conference. "Man up, Mike Williams. You're lying. You're lying Mike Williams. I want everybody to hear this because that is unfounded. Absolutely nothing to support it."

Williams says his assumption was based on how MPA membership perceives the way officers have been treated by the city in the past. He says if the director made the decision, it is his prerogative and he supports it.

"First of all, what we said yesterday was an assumption. An assumption is just that, it's not a lie, it's not a fact, it's an assumption," said Williams in defense. "If he wants to evaluate his TACT unit, he can do that. We just wanted to make sure that there's no outside entities that were trying to put him in a trick bag or put our officers, our members in a trick bag."

Armstrong says he wants to be clear that he runs the police department.

"I'm the director of police services. When the day comes when I have to reach out to somebody to make changes within this department, I will not sit in this seat," he said.

Armstrong says he did not even consult the mayor.

"It was totally my decision and my decision alone," he said.

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