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By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE — A white Tennessee police officer was charged with criminal homicide Thursday after surveillance footage appeared to show him chasing a black man and opening fire as the man fled from the officer in July. And a newly released arrest affidavit says the officer was looking...
Now it’s public. The names of the three police officers suspended in the aftermath of the shooting of Martavious Banks have been released by the Memphis Police Department. Officer Jamarcus Jeames, 26, “fired shots” at Banks after being involved  in the initial traffic stop. Christopher Nowell, 27, was involved in the...
F.F.U.N. will celebrate the men and women who work hard to protect our City on this Saturday, September 29, 2018, between 12 noon and 6 p.m. F.F.U.N. host events in neighborhoods that are considered economically distressed. "Thankfully, we've not had an incident during our community initiatives," said a F.F.U.N. statement. "And we welcome...
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TSD freelance photojournalist Johnathan Martin was on the scene Wednesday night at Elvis Presley Boulevard and Gill Avenue as demonstrators blocked traffic to protest the officer-involved shooting of Martavious Banks on Monday evening. In this clip, Memphis Police Department officers are seen forcefully taking down protestors and making arrests. One...
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While the Memphis Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation try to sort through the events that led to a MPD officer shooting and seriously wounding 25-year-old Martavious Banks, they’re operating without key pieces of evidence. That evidence? Dashcam and body armor video. And the reason it’s missing is...
An uptick in local demonstrations and protests, such as the one on the Interstate 40 Bridge in 2016, plus police ambushes that have left policemen dead across the country are two factors that prompted Memphis police to look for new ways to gather intelligence, according to Memphis Police Department...
Implicit bias toward black men by police is nothing new, and it is not limited to white officers. Black officers can also have implicit bias toward black men because in the case of police forces, that implicit bias is institutional. This is actually news to no one—or shouldn’t be—but a...
by Johnesha Harris, Special to The New Tri-State Defender Newspaper It is important that youth know how to safely navigate life experiences and on Monday a group of youth at Douglas Community Center got some lessons on how to do just that. The Mid-South Peace & Justice Center (MSPJC) presented its “Know...
Laylah Washington would be turning three years old this month but instead of planning a birthday party, her mother, Leslie Washington, will be visiting her daughter’s grave. The toddler was shot in the head during an apparent road rage incident last June. More than seven months later, her killer...
Disclosure: I'm one of those people who believes CBS' 60 Minutes is a national treasure — and the above segment is one reason why. As heartbroken as we are whenever we hear of another tragic shooting in Memphis, we can all thank God that things aren't as bad in Memphis...