Memphis Police Officers Parker Culver and Marc Henderson have been fired from the police force after an investigation into making an apparent threat to a Memphis city administrator in February.
Both officers were assigned to the Ridgeway Station precinct. They were both relieved of duty in February.
FOX13 News learned that Henderson and Culver were relieved of duty and were being investigated for threatening to take over the gun room at the Ridgeway Station precinct because they were tired of the administration's attitude toward the police department.
Sources told FOX13 News the two officers threatened to "take care of the chief executive."
They are appealing their terminations from the police force.
2 officers relieved of duty for apparent threat
2 Memphis officers relieved of duty
Henderson and Culver were relieved of duty Feb. 6 after it was reported that the two officers made inappropriate comments to fellow officers that were considered to be threatening in nature, a Memphis Police spokesman said.
Additionally, these two officers made comments regarding work stoppage and inappropriate use of police equipment.
Given the nature of the statements, these officers were immediately relieved of duty pending the outcome of the administrative investigation.
Administrative hearings were held for both officers after being departmentally charged with Truthfulness, Aid Another to Violate Regulation, Personal Conduct; and Strike, Demonstration, or Slowdown.
Subsequently, Officer Culver and Officer Henderson were both given a 15-day suspension for Aid Another to Violate Regulations and a 10-day suspension for Truthfulness. Termination was ordered for Personal Conduct and Strike, Demonstration or Slowdown.
Officer Culver, 29, has been employed with MPD since July 2009, and Officer Henderson, 32, has been employed with MPD since January 2011.
On Thursday after the pair of officers were fired for threatening to take over a precinct gun room, Police Director gave a message to his department: Choose your words carefully.
Director Armstrong says some officers reported overhearing a conversation between Henderson and Culver in February. The conversation involved work stoppages, including taking precinct cars and relocating them.
Sources told FOX13 News Culver and Henderson said they were tired of the administration's attitude toward the police department and threatened to "take care of the chief executive."
Director Armstrong, though, said he was not aware of those threats.
The incident happened at a time when negotiations intensified over a new contract between the city and the Memphis Police Association.
During his 24-year career, Director Armstrong says he's never seen anything like this.
"We live in a time in the United States where we have to take all threats extremely seriously," he said. "You look at what just happened in Boston, what's going on in our world, and certainly you put management in a position as if we do nothing. Down the line if something happens, where some of our employees are injured or God forbid lose their lives, than we certainly have been made aware of it. We didn't act on it and this particular instance like to think we did the right thing."
Armstrong calls it an isolated incident and says he expects the officers to appeal.
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