UPDATE: Six Arrested at Police Protest Released


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(UPDATE: The protestors have been released from jail, according to Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer.)

Six people were arrested Wednesday night during a protest of Monday's officer-involved shooting of Martavious Banks.

Banks was shot in the back during a traffic stop Monday night. The officer who shot Banks turned off his body camera before the shooting. The incident is now under investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
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Police were called to the intersection of Elvis Presley and Kerr at 9:04 p.m., MPD officials said, where police found 50 to 60 protesters in the area with about 20 lying in the roadway.

On a Facebook Live video, protest organizer Mac Freddie is seen shouting “No justice, no peace” into a bullhorn. Someone off camera yells, “fuck them crooked-ass police.”

“I wanna say something to y’all, the Memphis Police Department,” Freddie says into the bullhorn as he stands in the intersection. “I ain’t threatening y’all or nothing. We just want answers, that’s all.”

Over a loud speaker later, an officer warned protesters they “had five seconds to disperse and clear the roadway, according to MPD. An officer counted down over the (loud speaker) and then got out of his car and gave another order to clear the roadway. After giving warnings, six individuals refused to clear the roadway. All six individuals were taking into custody.”

All six were charged with blocking a road. Five were charged with inciting a riot. One was charged for assault after kicking an officer in the face.

Here are those who were arrested (descriptions are from the MPD):

1) Female White, Heather Jendoubi (47)
Charges: Disorderly Conduct, Obstructing HWY/Passageway, Inciting a Riot

2) Female Black, Theryn Bond (32)
Charges: Disorderly Conduct, HWY/Passageway

3) Female Black, Terri Conley (24)
Charges: Disorderly Conduct, Obstructing HWY/Passageway, Inciting a Riot

4) Female Black, Barbara Buress (44)
Charges: Disorderly Conduct, Obstructing HWY/Passageway, Inciting a Riot, assault, evading arrest to wit: foot pursuit

5) Male White, Edward Demster (38)
Charges: Disorderly Conduct, Obstructing HWY/Passageway, Inciting a Riot

6) Male Black, Patrick Ghant (26)
Charges: Disorderly Conduct, Obstructing HWY/Passageway, Inciting a Riot

Here are some snippets from the police report:

• (After the countdown) suspect Theryn Bond ran out into traffic on Elvis Presley blocking north and south bound traffic in an aggressive manner.

• While officers were taking (a) suspect into custody several protestors ran up on officers inciting a riot.

• Officers Carruth and Officer Bruns observed suspect Barbara Buress still in the middle of the street after disperse announcement was given. Officers attempted to take suspect Barbara Buress into custody she took off running northbound and turned around and ran into officer Bruns and officer Carruth.

• Officers tackled suspect Barbara Buress to the ground and she began fighting and she kicked Officer Bruns in the face.

• All female suspects were transported to Jail East and males were transported to 201 Poplar.

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