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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

A of words between Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong and Memphis Police Association union President Mike Williams has ended in a truce.

In a Friday evening news conference at 201 Poplar downtown, Williams said he meant no disrespect toward Director Armstrong and that there was a misunderstanding.

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They say people told them to get together and work out differences before this battle between police administration and police union got out of control.

Hours after Director Armstrong ordered three MPA union officials back to the streets and to their precincts by Saturday, the union struck back Friday afternoon with a formal grievance.

During the evening news conference Director Armstrong and Williams said they're putting everything behind them.

The three MPA officers will return to their jobs at union headquarters and the conduct charges against Williams have been dropped.

"Nothing I said was meant to impune the integrity or the honesty of the director of the Memphis Police Department," Williams said. "We all make mistakes and overreact, but when cooler heads prevail it is better to mend fences."

"I'm committed to maintaining a strong relationship with the MPA to continue making further strides in the reduction of crime," Director Armstrong said. "The union leadership and I must be in the same accord."

This disagreement between Armstrong and Williams boiled over Wednesday. Williams challenged a report from the city saying crime was down last year. Director Armstrong and Williams got into a heated disagreement at city hall and departmental charges were filed against Williams.

Then things escalated when the police director ordered three elected MPD executive officers out of their jobs at the union headquarters and back on the street.

Both men say their focus moving forward is on a common mission, protecting the people of Memphis and the police officers in the city.
 
So everything goes back to the way it was. Williams won't face any department charges and the police union executive officers will continue working with officers at union headquarters. There's also no need for the union grievance.

Both Armstrong and Williams said say this is a new chapter for both the MPD administration and the union representing the officers.

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