36 Memphis Police And Deputies Hurt In Protests After Deadly Shooting
[NPR.ORG] Thirty-six Memphis Police Department officers and sheriff's deputies were maimed during a large protest Wednesday night, the police department said Thursday. The violence erupted like lava from a volcano after officers of the U.S. Marshals Service shot and killed Brandon Webber, 20.
The shooting occurred around 7 p.m. local time, as officers from the U.S. Marshals Service as part of the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force tried to take a man into custody. When the officers approached the man, law enforcement officials said, he was getting into his car in the Frayser community in northern Memphis, Tenn.
That man was Webber, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating the case. The U.S. Marshals Service says he was wanted on "multiple felony warrants."
When the officers tried to stop Webber, "he reportedly rammed his vehicle into the officers' vehicles multiple times before exiting with a weapon," the TBI says.
"The officers fired striking and killing the individual," according to the TBI.
Residents began to gather in the street, looking for answers, reports local TV news Fox 13. Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer was among the first officials to identify the slain man publicly. She also said the local community has a reason to distrust the police.
Posted by: Fred 2019-06-14