Published: Thu, June 13, 2019

Memphis police shooting: Deadly shooting leads to anger and unrest

Memphis police shooting: Deadly shooting leads to anger and unrest

The shooting happened around 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, according to our Memphis affiliate WREG News Channel 3.

Per the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the man, who police have not publicly identified, "reportedly rammed his vehicle into the officers' vehicles multiple times before exiting with a weapon". McAlister did not say how many marshals fired or how many times the man was shot.

After the shooting, people threw bricks and rocks at officers, the Memphis Police Department said.

The man, who has not been identified by law enforcement, has been named by family and local politicians as 21-year-old Brandon Webber.

The victim's aunt, Yolanda Holmes, told the Daily Memphian that police claimed he was shooting at an officer but the family were still trying to confirm details.

"This is insane", Skinner, his cousin, told the outlet.

"I was in Frayser tonight because Brandon Webber was shot 16-20 times in his family's front yard on the same day as the Pulse nightclub shooting anniversary", Sawyer says in a tweet, "and on the same day that the DA chose not to charge another police officer for murdering a civilian".

"My cousin down there, laying in the street!" the man yelled.


After the shooting, the unruly crowd began to protest. On one side, police stood shoulder to shoulder holding riot shields.

While police support the right of people to demonstrate, Rallings said "we will not allow any acts of violence". The windows were broken out at Fire Station 31. Another man appears to spit at officers.

By 11pm, officers had used tear gas and most of the crowd dispersed. Their actions last night were remarkable.

At least 24 officers and deputies were injured after protests erupted in Memphis, Tennessee, in response to a fatal shooting by members of the U.S. Marshals Service. He said at least two journalists were injured and property was damaged.

"I was proud of our first responders", the mayor said.

He applauded police for their "incredible restraint as they endured concrete rocks being thrown at them and people spitting at them", adding that "the aggression shown towards our officers and deputies tonight was unwarranted".

Community and national leaders called for healing and justice.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) said it is "closely monitoring" the situation. Sawyer, a Democrat and progressive activist who is running for mayor in the October election, pleaded for the public not to pass judgment on Frayser "without asking a community how it feels to mourn their youth over and over again". It is not yet clear if she is pregnant with Webber's child.

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