MPD Director Rallings Testifies in ACLU Trial

August 22, 2018 9:47 AM

Memphis Police Department (MPD) director Michael Rallings wrapped up his testimony Wednesday morning in the federal trial on Memphis police surveillance.




Rallings said before this litigation began, he had “vague knowledge” of the 1978 consent decree, the issue at the center of the lawsuit. The decree, saying that the city would not gather political intelligence on non-criminals, was entered by the city with local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).




When one of the lawyers from the ACLU-TN asked if the consent decree is covered in training material for officers, Rallings said he wasn’t sure, as there are “hundreds and hundreds of pages of policies and procedures.” But the decree is posted on the department’s kiosk, which is accessible by all officers.




“We didn’t care about that or spend a lot of time talking about it,” Rallings said of the consent decree. “Because we didn't do that.”




Rallings emphasized throughout his testimony that the department's motivation for monitoring social media and protests was to maintain public safety.




After the incident in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, Rallings said he “saw things ramping up” here and the department took a detailed look at how to allow citizens to exercise free speech lawfully.




“We respect the right to protest,” Rallings said. “We just want it done in a law-abiding way.”




Since then, Rallings said MPD’s intentions have been to assist protesters, but never to deter a demonstration. On the stand, Rallings testified that he can’t remember an incident where officers attempted to end a protest, whether it was permitted or not.




In monitoring social media for potential protests, Rallings said the content of the event or the associations of the organizers never played a role in determining the type of police response necessary. Instead, Rallings said the department monitored social media to ensure they could prepare and have enough resources ready to respond.





Following the MPD shooting of Darius Stewart in 2015, Rallings said “things were getting heated” and the department was “extremely strained.”




Managing all of the events related to Stewart’s death with MPD’s limited resources was one of the key reasons for closely monitoring social media, Rallings said.




“We have to know what’s going on, so we can deploy resources,” Rallings said. “We’re not concerned with anyone’s beliefs. We’re concerned with protecting the public."







On the stand, Rallings was asked to recall the day of the Hernando de Soto bridge protest in 2016, one he says “I’ll never forget.” He said he had an “aha moment” that day, as he realized the high potential for citizens and officers to get hurt.

He estimated there were about 1000 protesters on the bridge that day, and although the department would have been authorized to use tear gas or other means to disperse the crowd, MPD tried to use a minimal amount of force.




He said the officers showed an “enormous amount of restraint.”  The event "was out of control,” Rallings said, and it could have easily turned “catastrophic.”





“I thought that situation could have made Selma, Alabama look like a day in the park,” he said.




Following the bridge protest, Rallings said the department started looking at how to better manage protests to avoid future threats to infrastructure and public safety.




After his testimony, Rallings told the media that he “looks forward to working with the court in regards to the consent decree and moving on.” Continue Reading


In the past, home owners are restricted to some limited options when they are in search of the best alternatives for natural grass to be installed in their San Diego homes. Artificial grass and huge rock garden are the best options you can consider to be installed in your homes and office.

Some year's back just one variety of artificial grass is available which looks unreal. Things are getting better these days, there are quite pretty number of varieties available when it comes to installing artificial lawns with real and natural feel. This is motivating many people in San Diego to use artificial turf instead of real grass.


Artificial Turf Fields to be Built in Petaluma, CA

Artificial turf fields are on their way to Petaluma, CA. Three artificial turf fields are scheduled to be installed at a Petaluma park. Artificial turf fields will also be installed later at two high schools who are following suit.

Parents have expressed their concerns however concerning risk of bacterial infections, heat conduction, the effects of crumb rubber, and increased risk of physical injuries to players.


Oregon High School Maximizes Field Usage With Synthetic Turf

A high school in Keizer, OR, is beginning to raise money for a new sports field to be installed with synthetic turf. The high school, McNary High School, says if it raises $1 million, they'll be able to get rid of their irregular and inconvenient natural grass field which has patches of dead grass scattered across its face and replace it with synthetic turf, which will save the school district money and increase usability. The school hopes to start converting their current fields to synthetic turf this summer and to have it completed by the next school year.


Artificial Grass Cost Calculator
Artificial Grass Cost Calculator

Calculate installation costs online! Synthetic lawn vs. natural turf maintenance, initial installation prices, labor and landscape services costs, gallons of water you use every year. Start now and save!

Artificial Grass Installation Calculator Materials
Synthetic Turf DIY Costs

Instantly get the list of materials you need for installation with associated amounts, costs, and rental equipment fees.


Find a Local Dealer
Cashmere soft synthetic grass 70 ounces

Artificial grass has never looked so real. The combination of field green and olive green colors with Brown and Green thatching looks natural and realistic.

U Shape Blade Synthetic Grass 60 oz.

Beautiful green grass that will last for twenty years or more! Endures higher traffic levels making it a clear choice for busy playgrounds and a beautiful option for front and back yards.

Trainers Turf Artificial Grass for sports fields, playgrounds, athletics, exercise, training

One of the best synthetic grass solutions on the market. Creates perfect traction and the best force reduction properties. Proven to give the best game experience for players.

Riviera Monterey 50 oz artificial grass, natural landscape background

Riviera Monterey-50 is ideal for commercial and residential landscapes. It can withstand rough wear, tear and extreme weather conditions with 20 years of projected life expectancy. Riviera Monterey-50 is ideal for landscape, pet turf, sports, deck, patio, roof.

S Blade Artificial Grass 66 ounces

Bright emerald green and olive green blade colors combined with curled brown and green thatching perfectly complement the natural beauty of fresh grass.

Olive color artificial grass 51 oz.

Olive-51 is the most economical answer to all your landscape problems. Designed to handle up to medium levels of foot traffic, this durable turf is the top choice for landscapes - including ones designated for pet use.

All Natural 75 oz Artificial Grass. Field Green, Olive Green colors. brown and green thatching.

The most natural-looking artificial turf on the market. This turf can be installed on landscapes, lawns, playgrounds, traffic medians, pet areas, commercial or residential spaces, and is suitable for lightly to heavily trafficked areas.

S Blade shape synthetic grass green thatching 90 oz.

Artificial grass has never looked so real. S Blade-90 Green on Green is the safest, most durable and beautiful alternative to traditional lawns, playgrounds and pet areas.


Find Artificial Grass in Your City

Madison Miami Meridian Aberdeen Bridgeport South Burlington Saint Paul Charleston Provo Allentown Memphis Bismarck Davenport Portland Providence Fargo Bangor Wichita Colchester Honolulu Kansas City Milwaukee Grand Forks Aurora Reno Columbia Colorado Springs San Jose Great Falls Worcester

Global Syn-Turf, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and wholesaler of high-quality artificial grass in the United States and Canada. The company offers an extensive selection of products for commercial and residential landscapes, playgrounds, sports athletic fields, municipalities, golf putting greens and pet areas. Global Syn-Turf, Inc. provides innovative, environmentally friendly synthetic turf systems which require little maintenance, no water, pesticides, or fertilizers through multiple company-owned distribution centers across the United States. The state-of-the-art artificial grass offers realism, drainage, performance, safety, and durability. Global Syn-Turf is the exclusive artificial grass partner of San Francisco 49ers.

error message

Thank you for your question.