MPD gets $500K grant to test 2,200 backlogged rape kits - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

MPD gets $500K grant to test 2,200 backlogged rape kits

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Thorough a $500,000 federal grant, Memphis POlice is taking a renewed effort to examine decades old DNA evidence from thousands of untested rape kits.

DNA evidence stretches back as far as the early 1980s.

Police Director Toney Armstrong, Mayor A C Wharton, Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation made the announcement at police headquarters Monday afternoon.

"I can't account for what happened in past administrations, but what I can say now is that this administration has recognized that there is a problem," Director Armstrong said. "All of the relevant parties have come together and we've put together a comprehensive plan to solve that problem. We're just going to move forward."

The $500,000 federal grant will pay for roughly 2,200 rape kits. These kits contain the evidence gathered from sexual assault victims at area hospitals.

City council has to approve the plan to accept the grant at Tuesday's meeting.

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