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JPD Officer Indicted for Theft and Official Misconduct

By news@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. – A Jackson Police Officer was indicted by the Madison County Grand Jury, Wednesday.

Officer Robbie Weems, 51, is charged with theft and official misconduct. He surrendered at the JPD Criminal Investigation Division Annex Thursday morning and was booked at the Madison County Jail.

According to a news release, the Jackson Police Department Professional Standards &
Integrity Unit began investigating the case in October after an allegation of missing currency possessed by the occupant of a vehicle stopped by officers for a traffic violation.

Investigators believe that shortly after 3:00 a.m. on October 21, Officer Robbie Weems assisted other officers on a traffic stop on the parking lot of Old Hickory Mall. The driver was pulled over for driving with no head lights.

The passenger was allegedly patted down by Officer Weems and $200 was removed from the man’s pocket. Police said the driver was issued a citation for driving while unlicensed and no further action was taken against the driver or passenger.

Weems was released on $10,000 bond and is scheduled to be formally arraigned in Madison County Circuit Court, Division III on Monday, February 4.

According to the Jackson Police Department, Weems has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the internal investigation and Circuit Court disposition. Weems has been a Jackson Police Officer since June 1993. He is assigned to the Patrol Division.

Jackson Police Chief Gill Kendrick said, "Allegations of this nature impact not only an agency and a profession, but also a community and a nation where ever they occur. We must in these times embrace the transparency to address the harshness of the issue at hand. Having done so by trusting in the adjudication process of our system of law, we will move forward in being accountable and trusted."
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