(WMC-TV) - A Memphis police officer is accused of wrongfully arresting two men after fabricating evidence against them.
According to investigators, Officer Terry Butler was off duty when he tried to frame two innocent men for a break-in that happened at his girlfriend's house.
The woman's home was robbed several days before the arrests, but a DVD player the two men were "caught" with in their car that was not actually stolen from her home.
The affidavit of complaint says that Butler called his girlfriend and gave her the serial number of the DVD player the two men had in their possession. He reportedly told her to claim it as property that was stolen during the break-in.
Officials confirmed that the woman told investigators she followed his directions because Butler had threatened her before.
"Once we investigated, we found the facts that he coerced her," said Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong.
Armstrong added that MPD is better off since Butler's arrest because framing people is not an MPD practice.
"I know when these things come up you might think I'm embarrassed but I'm not, it's been my contention since I've been here to weed out those that don't deserve to be here," said Armstrong.
The two men arrested in the burglary were released without being charged. Meanwhile, Butler was indicted for official misconduct, official oppression, and tampering with evidence.
Butler is on "non-enforcement status" after posting $10,000 bond. He has been employed with MPD for 13 years.
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