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MPD officers assigned to MPA sent back to home precincts

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

It's being called an attack on the Memphis Police Association.

The Memphis Police Department is ordering the police union's leaders back on the street.

Thursday evening one union member told FOX13 News the police association is under attack. They say the city is trying to silence the MPA.

On Wednesday MPA President Mike Williams and Police Director Toney Armstrong clashed at city hall over police stats. Williams was challenging the city's claim that crime is down. He argued that's not the perception in the city.

Police Director Armstrong said he was filing administrative charges against Williams, who is a sworn Memphis Police officer. Now Williams will have to leave his full time job at the union and head back to patrolling the streets.

MPD spokeswoman Sgt. Karen Rudolph released a statement to FOX13 News Thursday evening:

"Three officers who were assigned to the union office have been returned to their home bid which means they will be doing the job that tax payers pay them to do; serve the citizens and our community."

Williams spoke with FOX13 News late Thursday shortly after the news was released.

"I'm encouraged. Nothing's going to deter me or get my spirits down," Williams said. "I'm on a mission. I have a job to do as the president of the police association and we're going to continue to do that job. So that's what we have to do.

"It needs to be understood that whether I'm in a car or at the police association or wherever I am, I am still the president of the police association," he added. You can't take that away. That doesn't stop, we're still out championing that cause for the officers that we represent."

A member of the Memphis police association told FOX13 News the union plans to fight this move by the department and they'll go to court if they have to.

The police labor agreement from 1978 allowed for union officials to work full time on union duties. They attend hearings, city meetings and do legal work for the city's police officers.

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