August 9, 2022


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The 901 Police Chief visits White House Memphis tourism Gov. Lee plan

Good Monday morning Memphis, where we’re basking in the cooler weather and fallout from the Memphis City Hall “blacklist” case continues.

But, first, we’re focusing on Memphis’  top cop visiting the White House.

Memphis Police Chief C.J. Davis, a month into her tenure, will visit the White House Monday, according to a White House official, our Samuel Hardiman reports.

Davis, elected officials and a community violence intervention advocate are expected to meet with President Joe Biden and discuss the administration’s strategy to reduce gun crime, the White House official said. 

The Associated Press reported Friday that Biden planned to meet with law enforcement leaders and elected officials Monday as part of his administration’s push to increase funding for law enforcement. The administration’s budget request to Congress includes more funding for law enforcement. 

Davis’ visit to the White House follows the federal government giving Memphis more financial resources to fight crime. In June, the Biden administration announced Memphis and other cities could use stimulus funding from the American Rescue Plan Act to hire more police officers or give existing officers bonuses.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee during a press conference in Memphis at Hanley Elementary School on Friday, April 23, 2021.

Gov. Bill Lee’s Tennessee on Me plan

In this column for subscribers, Tonyaa Weathersbee calls Gov. Bill Lee’s plan to offer $250 in travel money to 10,000 tourists misguided and says it even could put tourists in danger.

Here’s a passage from the column: 

As in most places, tourists tend to be ripe targets for criminals because they tend to carry a lot of money. Many tend to relax and drink, and to let their guard down. Some may get lost in neighborhoods where they might find a carjacker before they find their destination.