Memphis & Shelby County Residents against Operation Relentless Pursuit & Operation LeGend.

Memphis & Shelby County Residents against Operation Relentless Pursuit & Operation LeGend.

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DeCarcerate Memphis started this petition to District Attorney Amy Weirich and

Concerned Citizens of Memphis, Tennessee and Shelby County are organizing and mobilizing against Operation Relentless Pursuit, an initiative that allocates  federal resources to Memphis, Tennessee and six other cities; and Operation LeGend an initiative designed for the federal bureau of investigation to work with state, local law enforcement to fight the "sudden surge" of violent crime in Memphis.


We hereby resist the following;

  • Any and all funds from the federal government and Atty. General William Barr for Operation Relentless Pursuit in Memphis & Shelby County.
  • Any amendments to the Kendrick Consent decree that allows police monitoring/surveillance of social justice and/or community advocates and activists community events, personal information (home, social media profiles, cars, technological devices) and/or the monitoring of associated friends and/or family members.
  • Any and all federal agents deployed in the City of Memphis and Shelby County under Operation Relentless Pursuit and/or Operation Legend or any other name that targets vulnerable and marginalized populations.

We further believe the following;

  • Crime and violence stem from long-standing problems of joblessness, failed schools, inadequate housing and the absence of quality health care services, including substance use and mental health treatment in our poorest communities.  Real solutions require addressing these issues, as well as investing in community-based anti-violence initiatives.
  • Community policing is best done with the community as the centerpiece and cities coming together toward workable solutions apart from the federal government.
    There should be more accessible and neutral (out of state/non-federal) sources of accountability for police misconduct.
  • Community initiatives that divert people away from law enforcement and incarceration should be brought to scale. 

We are proposing the following:

  • 25% of the City and/or county funding allocated to organizations that provide support for youth (25<) and adults (25 of age or older) living with mental health/illness challenges, instead of funds toward ORP or OL.
  • 25% of the City and/or county funding allocated to the creation of city jobs, including jobs for people with prior contact with the criminal legal system; construction, blight, maintenance, technology and funding toward Black owned businesses, instead of funds towards ORP or OL.
  • 25% of the City and/or county funding allocated to services for people in Memphis experiencing homelessness and severe chemical or prescription drug/substance dependency, instead of funds toward ORP or OL.
  • 25% of the City and/or county funding allocated to services for victims of sexual & domestic abuse. Including but not limited to; safe housing, counseling and witness protection/advocacy services, instead of funds toward ORP or OL.

Please receive this letter as collective resistance against Operation Relentless Pursuit (ORP) and Operation Legend (OL); and expect further actions to follow if this communication is not discussed in an open forum by any or all of the parties mentioned in this letter. We request attention to this letter within seven business days from today. Group members are ready to discuss any of the resistance items and proposals in depth.


Email: decarceratememphis@gmail.com

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