Protesters in Memphis, Tennessee, injured at least 24 police officers and deputies following a fatal encounter between a black man and police Wednesday.
Here’s what we know
On Wednesday evening, U.S. Marshals in Memphis reportedly tried to apprehend a suspect for multiple warrants as he was about to enter a vehicle. 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.” After this, the officers involved reportedly shot and killed the suspect. None of the officers involved in this fatal encounter were injured.
The Memphis Police Department clarified that none of its officers were involved in this confrontation. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation later identified the suspect as Brandon Webber, 20-year-old black man.
That same night, protests erupted over the incident, which some in the community saw as yet another example of police brutality. Police squad cars were vandalized, the windows of a fire station were smashed, a concrete wall was torn down, and 24 officers and deputies were injured. Six of those injured had to go to the hospital. Two journalists were also hurt.
Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer claimed on social media that the U.S. Marshals shot the suspect 16-20 times.
According to NBC News, roughly 300 people were involved in the protest, which reportedly disbanded at roughly 10 p.m. Police used tear gas to try to get the protesters to disperse.
On Facebook, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland called the “aggression shown toward our officers and deputies” by the protesters “unwarranted.” He said he was “impressed” by the “professionalism and incredible restraint” shown by the first responders present during the protests.
The NAACP said in a tweet early Thursday that it is “closely monitoring the reports of riots” in Memphis.