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The Tennessee Conservative Staff –
A Tennessee state senator is calling on the governor for help in combating the crime that he says has his city “under siege.”
State Senator Brent Taylor (R-Memphis-District 31) sent a letter this week to Governor Bill Lee, asking for resources from the state to assist in restoring order to Memphis as violent crime continues to increase.
Taylor says residents are asking for the National Guard to come in. He notes, however, that he does not see that as a viable solution as National Guard members are not trained in law enforcement.
The senator has requested that the highway patrol increases its presence through unannounced “surges” on Memphis interstates and other state routes. He has also asked for a “monitoring team” to let the public know exactly how many crimes are committed and how many arrests have been made.
Preliminary data from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shows that murders have increased by 42%.
The letter was prompted most recently by the murder of a St. Jude physician who was walking with his family, as well as convenience store robberies, looting of a FedEx truck while it was at a red light, and reckless driving on a portion of I-240.
Not everyone agrees that these solutions will fix the problem long-term. Some argue that bringing “economic equity” to the city would help solve some of the issues, while others claim that gun legislation would bring an end to much of it.
According to Taylor, his constituents call him often and tell him they are looking to move out of Memphis and find a safer location, a move that he does not want to see keep happening.
“Memphis needs help to save it from future ruin,” Taylor wrote. “The State of Tennessee cannot be successful if its most famous city is not successful.”
While Taylor says he has not yet received a response from Governor Lee, he notes that he also sent copies of the letter to both Mayor Jim Strickland and Mayor-elect Paul Young.