Memphis protests over police shooting end with teargas and dozens injured

Nellie Chapman
June 13, 2019

According to the bureau, multiple officers with the Marshals Service Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force clashed with a man wanted on multiple warrants around 7 p.m. local time Wednesday. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the man resisted arrest and "reportedly rammed his vehicle into the officers' vehicles multiple times before exiting with a weapon".

"The officers fired striking and killing the individual", according to the TBI. "No officers were injured". Family members confirmed to the Daily Memphian that 21-year-old Webber died.

Lastly, he said the violence against officers and media and property damage were unacceptable and could not be tolerated.

The shooting prompted angry reactions in his neighborhood, where the mayor says protesters threw rocks and spit on Memphis police officers.

A person named Ronni Williams claiming to be Webber's cousin took to Twitter to defend him as an "honor student" who should not be labeled as a "drug dealer".

The TBI says Webber was shot by federal marshals who were trying to arrest him on multiple felony warrants Wednesday evening.

The video below is allegedly of Webber's girlfriend in labor.

A Memphis police officer looks over a damaged squad auto after protesters took to the streets of the Frayser community in anger against the shooting a youth by U.S. Marshals earlier in the, June 12, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn.

An officer-involved shooting that left a man dead in Memphis sparked tension Wednesday night between protesters and police officers.

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In addition to the injured officers, Strickland said, "At least two journalists were injured".

During the unrest, several police cars were vandalized, and windows were shattered at a neighborhood fire house, Strickland also said in a Facebook post.

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".

It was not clear how many civilians were injured. We hope the family of Brandon Webber gets justice.

"My message tonight is we should all wait and make sure that we know exactly what happened before we spread misinformation or we jump to conclusions", said Rallings.

Police were called to the area for crowd control after news of the shooting circulated online.

A Memphis police officer looks over a damaged squad vehicle on Wednesday in Memphis.

"I just want him to see this, know what's going on, to be conscious", she said from the driver's seat of her vehicle, with her son in the passenger seat.

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