MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The arrest of a police officer for trying to buy and sell drugs in uniform from his patrol car is just the latest cop leaving a mess for the Memphis Police Department to clean up.
A spokesperson with the MPD says they don't keep a record of arrested officers, but ABC 24 News looked back through the year and found a big stack of reports for officers found on the wrong side of the law.
Michael Sinnock was caught selling drugs from his police car.
Tramaine Johnson was arrested for marijuana in Nashville.
Eric Johnson was arrested in a federal drug investigation.
Lorenzo Couch was charged with robbery.
Ozell Toles and Stanley Eason were both arrested for assault.
Ronnie Sims was charged with rape.
Ericck Cain was accused of raping his underage cousin.
All were Memphis police officers, all accused of being on the wrong side of the law. Month after month, the police department has had to answer for the bad cops.
"It is disheartening to me as Director of Police Services to find out one of our officers is involved in this investigation and has been indicted," MPD Director Toney Armstrong said in October 2011.
Perhaps the biggest black eye on the department this year was Norman Benjamin.
"You like to think with info given by a sworn officer, that would be factual… it happens that as this case unraveled you can see all the things we unturned," Armstrong stated at a September press conference. "Sgt. Benjamin provided officers with false information."
In the curious case of Norman Benjamin, the former MPD sergeant is accused of lying to cops, organizing a murder for hire plot, and still no one is saying who shot him Labor Day weekend.
Armstrong said, "Sgt. Benjamin's actions during this investigation are inexcusable and will not be tolerated by this administration."
In each of the cases, the police department moved fast to get these officers off the streets. A crackdown in bad cops seems to be bringing them all out of the woodwork.
Memphis resident William Taylor noted, "Everyday it's something; it's not a shock, but that's bad."
Citizens may be frustrated, but Memphis' top cop insists these cops are the exception and he's working hard to get them out.
"Nobody is above the law," Armstrong said.
Keep in mind, the Memphis Police Department has 2,400 officers.
The Shelby County Sheriff's Office has just more than 500 deputies; one was arrested this year.