Police Director Says MPD has 12,000 Unprocessed Rape Kits

Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong said yesterday that the total number of unprocessed rape kits in police possession will be about 12,000 — a number far higher than previously reported — even after an initial round of 2,226 kits are tested. Last month, Mayor AC Wharton issued an executive order directing city police to test all backlogged, unprocessed rape kits. Some of the untested kits date from the 1980s, a situation that has outraged advocates for rape victims. Armstrong told City Council members that clearing the entire backlog will cost more than $4.6 million, the Commercial Appeal reports.