Neighborhood ‘Furious’ Over Officer-Involved Shooting of 20-Year-Old Black Man in Memphis; Residents Throw Bricks, Rocks at Officers

  • Protesters and law enforcement clashed after federal agents shot and killed Brandon Webber, a 20-year-old black man, in Memphis, Tennessee on Wednesday, which left about 25 officers injured.
  • Most of the injuries were considered minor with about 6 law enforcement officers hospitalized.
  • According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), “officers with a U.S. Marshals Service task force opened fire on Webber after he rammed his car into the officers’ vehicles multiple times, then got out while armed with a weapon.”
  • According to authorities, Webber was wanted on multiple warrants, including as “a suspect in the shooting of a man in Mississippi earlier this month.”
  • Overnight, angry residents took to the streets in the Memphis neighborhood where Webber was killed and began throwing bricks and rocks at police for retaliation in what they see as an ongoing pattern of police abuse towards black people, especially young black males. Police responded with tear gas.
  • According to reports, many of the angry protesters were related to Webber and “furious” at his death.
  • Community leaders say that officers “need to be trained to act with constraint.”
  • Founder of Memphis’ Black Lives Matter chapter and mayoral candidate Pamela Moses said: “This happened in a residential community. A neighborhood, not the hood. They shot and killed someone while executing a warrant, they are supposed to be trained to apprehend without deadly force, but when it comes to us, we always have to die.”
  • According to reports, “the protest came one day after the Shelby County District Attorney’s office announced they were not seeking charges against a Memphis officer for the fatal shooting of unarmed 25-year-old Terrence Carlton in April 2018.”
  • Carlton was considered a suspect in a robbery and two shootings in the area but was unarmed at the time of his death.
  • Another Memphis mayoral candidate said: “We continue to have this cycle here in Memphis and it’s only going to get worse if we don’t address this now. People are hurting; people aren’t in the street for fun right now. They aren’t throwing rocks for fun, they are hurting.”

Reference Links

  • Reuters: Black man killed in Memphis was a suspect in shooting: authorities READ
  • AP: Police seek calm in Memphis after marshals kill black man READ
  • TIME: ‘They’re Traumatized.’ Why a Police Shooting in Memphis Turned Into a Violent Protest READ
  • Commercial Appeal: Strickland doubles down on defense of officers after Frayser riot | The 901 READ

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