by Chris Shaw
Organizers gathered in downtown Memphis yesterday following the first ever People's Conference on Police Misconduct.
The conference was planned by the Memphis United Coalition following an incident on South Main on October 25th, when the organizers of a post-Trolley Tour "cypher" in front of K’PreSha Boutique alleged that police officers responding to a noise complaint over-reacted and escalated the situation. One attendee, Jeffrey Lichtenstein, said his phone was confiscated after he filmed the police action.
A few days before that, on October 21st, Ashley Moore and Paul Garner, volunteers with Homeless Organizing for Power and Equality (H.O.P.E.), were arrested for “obstruction of a highway or sidewalk” when they attempted to record the police searching a man at the homeless hospitality center, Manna House.
Protesters march from St. Patrick's Church to City Hall in Memphis after the People's Conference on Police Misconduct.
Darius "Phatmak" Clayton and other local rappers take part in a hip hop cypher outside of City Hall.