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"I think I speak for every law enforcement officer in the country," says Sheriff Arnold. "When it comes to dirty cops, I have no damn use for him."
The Sheriff is talking about Luis Reynaldo Parra-Flores, who was arrested by DEA officers last week. According to the U.S. Attorney's office, a courier flew into Nashville International with 7 kilograms of cocaine in his luggage. Parra-Flores was arrested when he allegedly tried to take possession of the drugs.
"We as a department have a black eye and a busted jaw right now," says Sheriff Arnold. "Mr. Floures definitely ruined any respect the community had in him."
Federal agents say Parra-Flores was carrying a firearm and his department issued badge. It's a badge Sheriff Arnold destroyed.
"I didn't want his badge to ever be worn by anybody to say that they're protecting the public again," says Sheriff Arnold. "So, I just wanted it destroyed."
A patrol officer since 2008, Parra-Flores had undergone an extensive background check. In 2011, he received an award when he fired shots to stop a burglary suspect who rammed another officer's patrol car. Now he's off the job, accused of working against the law he swore to uphold.
"One, I ask the community not to judge us or law enforcement as a whole based off of this one person's actions," says Sheriff Arnold. "This is a disgrace for our department, but we'll get through this."
If convicted, Parra-Flores faces 10 years to life in prison and a $10 million fine.
Tuesday, March 19 2013, 10:47 PM CDT
Memphis libraries seeking funding
May 25, 2013 13:07 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The public library system in Memphis is hoping to secure $2.9 million to add employees and increase its collection.
The Memphis Daily News (http://bit.ly/19BANxH) reports the Memphis Public Library & Information Center cites the figures as part of its strategic plan.
A study by the Friends of the Library and the Memphis Library Foundation found that during the past five years, the system's budget has been cut 21 percent and hours were reduced 20 percent.
The goal of the new funding would be to add 47 employees to the 18-location library system and increase the collections budget to $2 million from less than $1 million.
Library director Keenon McCloy says the plan is a "roadmap for the future."
Information from: The Memphis Daily News, http://www.memphisdailynews.com
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