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By Alyssa BrookNovember 14, 2019
Heartbroken and furious protesters took the streets of Memphis late Wednesday after they were rocked by the news that a U.S. Marshals Service officers had fatally shot a young black man.
According to the Washington Post, the shooting happened around 7 p.m. Wednesday night in Frayser. The 20-year-old identified as Brandon Webber was reportedly being served multiple felony warrants by the Marshal Service’s Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force and other law enforcement agencies. It was said Webber rammed into the marshals’ car and then displayed a weapon; Keli McAlister, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation shared during a news conference early Thursday.
She added that it was unclear how many marshals had fired at Webber. However, Demetrick Skinner, a cousin of the victim and Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer each said that Webber was shot as many as 20 times, while cuffed, before dying in his family’s front yard, according to the Daily Memphian. At least 24 officers were injured during the protest and property including cop cars were vandalized. The Mayor said two journalists were also injured during the protest but added that he “was proud of our first responders. I’m impressed by their professionalism and incredible restraint as they endured concrete rocks being thrown at them and people spitting at them.”
Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer, who identified the slain man tweeted that she went to the Frayser neighborhood because “this is my district. I went because I stand with my people. People are hurting.”
“Don’t judge Frayser without asking a community how it feels to mourn their youth over and over again,” the commissioner tweeted.
The identities of the Marshals Service officers involved in the shooting have not yet been released.
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