Judge dismisses petition over Memphis police hires

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Memphis judge has dismissed a petition challenging a change in police hiring rules.

The Memphis City Council has been arguing for weeks over rules that limit police hiring to local applicants. The council voted last week to relax those rules and allow the hiring of applicants living up to 20 miles outside Shelby County.

Opponents of the change say Memphis police should live in the city limits. They filed a state court petition Monday.

But Chancery Court Judge Arnold Goldin dismissed it saying it wasn't properly filed. Attorney Javier Bailey, who filed the petition, said he expects to try again.

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