Memphis at top of TBI officers killed, injured report

by: Greg Coy Updated:

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New information has been released about just how dangerous it is to be a police officer in the state of Tennessee and in Memphis. 

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its report on the number of law enforcement officers killed or assaulted in the line of duty during 2015.     

FOX 13 discovered the Memphis Police Department had the highest number of assaults against officers out of all departments in the state.

"A lot of suspects now are not going quietly into the night,” Mike Williiams, Memphis Police Association President, said.

According to the TBI report, 136 officers became the victims of attacks against them while on the job.  That's more than double the Metro Nashville Police Department, which recorded less than 60 for all of last year.  

FOX13 spoke with Mayor Jim Strickland about these figures and he said attitude toward police in Memphis has to change.

"We've become accustomed to thanking someone we see in the armed force,” Strickland said. “It would be great if we could do the same for police officers and firefighters."

FOX13 showed the figures to City Councilman Worth Morgan who chairs the public safety committee.

"One of the ways we hope to address that, side effect, is body cams,” Morgan said. “If there is a camera out there (then) hopefully it can de-escalate the situation."

Williams said those who attack an officer should be prosecuted.

"The officer is doing his job and there is resistant to arrest and they injure and assault the officer (then) those charges should be pressed as well," Williams said.