New Memphis mayor Jim Strickland has officially named Mike Rallings as the city's newest police director. This came almost a month after everyone in the city basically appointed Mike Rallings as the director. Rallings made it official after not only showing up during the Black Lives Matter protest in Downtown Memphis, but also by being available to the citizens and listening to their concerns. This is the same protest which Mayor Strickland was absent. This is the same protest showed the entire nation that "one of the most dangerous cities in the country" could have a protest that was organized and executed orderly and peacefully between the citizens and law enforcement. I'm sure those stuck on the Hernando-Desoto Bridge thought differently on that day though!
Nevertheless, this is a great hire and shows the citizens of Memphis that the mayor has heard their request to appoint Mike Rallings as the police director. With a city that's predominantly African-American and with major tension amongst law enforcement and minorities, this hire is very smart. Young African Americans get to see someone that looks like them doing the right thing. That speaks volumes to those that feel they have no other options.
So thank you Mayor Strickland for listening to the people. We won't hold it against you that it took this long. I do wonder about the tax payers money spent on the search for a police director. Seems like it was wasted. To new police director Mike Rallings, I'm sure you'll do a fine job and congratulations. Remember Memphians, we also have to do our parts. The police can only so much. We have to also police ourselves and act accordingly. We all know should know right from wrong.
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