4/7/11, "J.D. Sewell removed as MPA president," Myfox Memphis
"J.D. Sewell is out as president of the Memphis Police Association.
- Vice President Michael Williams will assume the responsibilities of the president.
Sewell was suspended for six months from the association after sources say he used association funds to pay some of his bills and used the association's tax exempt status to purchase items.
Sewell is still a Memphis police officer. He now will work as a sergeant in the Domestic Violence Unit."
4/9/11, "Memphis police union boss suspended for misuse of funds," American Thinker, Phil Boehmke
"Don't worry about Sewell, he's been here before. During his career he has been suspended on six different occasions for a variety of offenses. Just prior to becoming MPA President, Sewell was fired from the Memphis Police Department on accusations that he compromised a criminal investigation, however the union stood behind him and he was re-instated and only given a 15 day suspension.
- In April 1989, Sewell was suspended for 14 days after he unlocked a women's restroom at the Criminal Justice Center and went inside with a woman employed by the City Court Clerk's office.
Minutes later, another woman entered the restroom and saw the woman bent over in front of Sewell before the door was shut on her.Now that he has been suspended by the union, Sewell will assume his new duties with the MPD as a sergeant with the Domestic Violence Unit.
Sewell told investigators that the woman wanted to show his some graffiti in the restroom and that she was bending over to pick up a letter she had dropped.
Apparently before his election as president, no one bothered to ask Sewell any hard questions about his past. Still our friends in the public sector unions can't seem to understand why the overburdened taxpayers are demanding reform and accountability."