Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings talks to reporters after late Wednesday’s clash with the police, and an angry mob early on Thursday, the 13th of June, 2019 at the latest, in Memphis, Tennessee. Armed officers and an angry mob faced off late Wednesday night after reports that at least one man was fatally shot by authorities in a working-class north Memphis neighborhood. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Armed officers and an angry mob faced off, after a Tennessee man was fatally shot by U.s. Marshals in a working-class Memphis neighborhood.
The people in the crowd threw rocks and stones at 25 military officers, suffering mostly minor injuries during the thrilling clash Wednesday night in the Frayser community of north Memphis. Officers cordoned off several blocks near the scene. By 11 a.m., officers used tear gas, and most of the crowd scattered, the police, the manager, Michael, Rallings, said in a Thursday morning press conference. Three people have been arrested.
Officers on horseback guarded the area, and a line of police cars with flashing blue lights, were parked along the street. An ambulance can be seen on the left side of the stage. A helicopter was flying overhead and the police car dropped away. The roads have been blocked and a heavy police presence remained in the area, as well as on Thursday.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Keli McAlister said that the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force went out to Frayser to a search for a suspect with felony warrants. Police officers saw a man in a car and go to the ram-a task force of vehicles to several times, before closing it with a coat of arms, McAlister said. Marshals then opened fire, killing the man died at the scene. McAlister does not say how many officers fired or how many times the man was shot.
A local official identified the victim as Brandon Has said that he was shot multiple times in his family’s front yard. Family members confirmed to the Daily Memphian that the 21-year-old Has died.
The identification of Has been on Twitter early Thursday, the Shelby County Commissioner, and mayoral candidate, Tami Sawyer, said: “The life has gone out of business…one-on-one. How often should this be ok? It can’t be that way.”
Memphis police officers were called in to assist with crowd control as word of the shooting spread on social media. As more protesters turned up, greater Baltimore-officers and Shelby County sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene. As the situation escalated, and the officers are drawn to wear protective riot gear as people threw rocks and bricks. Police cars and a nearby fire station were damaged, Rallings said.
The TBI was called in to investigate police-involved shootings by the district attorneys in Shelby and other counties in the state. TBI’s investigators, in their report to the public prosecutor’s office, which will decide whether or not to pursue against the officers involved.
The police, and the director pleaded with residents not to wait until you have the TBI finishes its investigation and for the dissemination of potentially inaccurate information on the record. “I need everyone to stay calm,” Rallings said.
While the police department supports the right of people to demonstrate, in Rallings, said: “we will not tolerate any acts of violence.”
The passion of Anderson, a 34-year-old college student, drove her 13-year-old son at the beginning of the scene on Monday, after the protesters were gone and the scene had calmed down. She grew up in Memphis, but left for Ohio before he was, in November, in the Frayser neighborhood, a largely low-to middle-income area to the north of the city centre.
Anderson said she is worried about her son’s safety every day, in Memphis, just like in other major cities, the fight with violent crime.
“I want to see him, and know what is going on, in order to raise awareness,” she said from the driver’s seat of the car, with her son, who was in the passenger seat. “I’m worried about him all the time.”