MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The top cop for Memphis says he's keeping a watchful eye on Beale Street, even though he thinks three episodes of violence over the last three weekends are isolated incidents.
"You are going to have some incidents," says MPD Director Toney Armstrong. "We feel we have sufficient enough personnel down there."
The trio of incidents involved big brawls and even gunfire. Late last month, six people were shot. The next weekend, nearly a dozen people were arrested for fighting on Beale. Last weekend, an off-duty officer was attacked.
"I don't think the lack of police officers or the lack of a presence of police officers is the problem," Armstrong tells abc24.com. "I think these are isolated incidents."
Armstrong says he is always analyzing staffing levels, and will continue to do so.