Thirty-six police officers were injured in riots in Tennessee protesting against the evolution of black people being shot by forensic police.
On Wednesday evening, local time, riots broke out in Memphis, Tennessee. Protesters threw bricks at police and damaged police cars. At least 36 police officers have been injured.
CNN reported that the riot was caused by the shooting of a black man by US Marshals that night. The man had robbed a sports car with a gun and was facing several collisions with police cars and weapons during his arrest.
Memphis Police Chief Lawrence said that for some reason, the protestors vented their anger on the local police who were supporting the forensic police on the spot. He called on the public to figure out what happened before spreading false news or jumping to conclusions.
On Wednesday evening local time, riots broke out in the Frauser community north of Memphis, Tennessees largest city. Protesters threw bricks at police and damaged police cars. At least 36 police officers were injured, but were discharged the next day.
Police arrested three people for disorderly behavior, one of whom was charged with inciting riots.
Local police dispatched riot police
CNN reported that the riots were triggered by the shooting of a 20-year-old black man, Brandon Webber, by U.S. forensic police that night.
Weber graduated from a local high school in 2017 and was admitted to the University of Memphis, according to ABC. His friends described Weber as having a heart of gold and being able to talk to him about anything.
However, in the social media, Weber repeatedly publicized his counting money, holding weapons, making gangs and smoking marijuana. But his friend said, Everyone has two sides. We all know the good side of Brandon.
Brandon Weberto from Social Media
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) revealed that on Monday, Weber traded vehicles in Hernando, Mississippi, 40 kilometers away. He fired five shots at traders during the test drive and stole a red Infiniti.
Webers cross-state crime led to the arrest of Hernando on behalf of the forensic police at his home in Fraser. The Bureau of Investigation said Weber drove the stolen car into the police car several times and got out armed. The police then shot him, and no police officer was injured.
A smashed police car @PhotoIC
Local communities then rallied against violent law enforcement by the police and escalated into riots. Memphis City Police Chief Michael Lawlings said residents wrongly moved to the local police.
The U.S. forensic police were involved in the shooting incident involving officers, and Memphis City Police were responsible for providing support and controlling the situation on the spot. But for some reason, they directed their anger at Memphis police.
Lawlings also said the police welcomed peaceful protests by residents, but could not turn violent, which would hurt the community. The same black man said he wanted everyone to know what had happened before spreading false information or reaching conclusions.
Local Community @Visual China on the Second Day of the Riot
The mayor of Memphis said he was impressed by the professionalism and restraint displayed by the police during the nights operation. They endure being hit by concrete stones and spitting out.
According to the US Census Bureau, about 80% of the population in Fraser is African-American, and more than four out of every 10 residents live below the poverty line.