City to Hold Public Forum on Police Consent Decree

The City of Memphis will hold a community meeting Thursday to gather public input on a 40-year-old police consent decree, which the mayor says limits police ability to fight crime, the Daily Memphian reports. The 1978 Kendrick Consent Decree resolved a lawsuit brought by Tennessee ACLU alleging that the city conducted political surveillance on protesters and activists. The issue was in the news again this summer when a judge said the city violated the decree when it created fake Facebook accounts to monitor protesters and a “black list” of individuals. The remedy in that case included new requirements for police to adopt written guidelines for social media use and the appointment of former U.S. Attorney Ed Stanton as an independent monitor. In September, the city asked the court to modify the decree saying it is outdated. A court hearing is scheduled on Nov. 21 to consider the city’s arguments.

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