Jun 14, 2019
Violence erupts in Memphis after federal marshals fatally shoot black man
A protest followed the fatal shooting of a black man in Memphis, Tenn., quickly escalating into a violent clash between residents and law enforcement on Thursday, reports AP.
Context: Federal marshals fatally shot 20-year-old Brandon Webb on Wednesday during a confrontation in which Webb allegedly rammed his car repeatedly into the marshals' vechile, per the Washington Post. Webb reportedly had a weapon and several felony warrants for his arrest — one for the violent theft of a car, another for drug dealing.
What we know:
- 36 officers have suffered minor injuries after residents flung rocks and bricks, per AP.
- Memphis police first met the protesters in uniforms before later returning in riot gear. They used tear gas to break up the crowds. Officers partitioned several blocks in the area.
- 3 people were arrested and property was damaged, reports AP.
What they're saying: Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Thursday said she continues to "closely [follow] the situation."