TBI raids Teamsters office in police union rivalry probe

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- TBI agents have raided a Teamsters office in Nashville as part of the investigation of a feud between rival unions vying to represent Nashville police.

Agents hauled away computer hard drives and files from the Teamsters, which took over as the police department's representative from the Fraternal Order of Police last year in a bitter department election.

Earlier this month, Teamsters organizer Calvin Hullett was arrested and charged with aggravated burglary after agents said he placed hidden cameras at a youth camp run by the FOP.

His lawyer has said agents believe the former Nashville police lieutenant was hoping to catch officers who volunteer as camp counselors either drinking alcohol or otherwise acting inappropriately around the youngsters.

Also, TBI agents have questioned officers in police and sheriff's departments in Memphis and Nashville to learn the identities of people they believe may have known about the cameras.

The Shelby County Deputy Sheriffs Association and the FOP had been the joint union representative to the sheriffs office. But recently, the sheriffs association affiliated with the Teamsters.

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