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  • 9 TN Deputies Charged In Beating Death Of Naked Inmate

    Insane. The profession truly attracts the worst of humanity, it seems, and strives to make it hard to root them out.

    9 deputies charged in death of man beaten in Memphis jail, including 2 for second-degree murder

    Two Memphis jail deputies have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a Black man who was having a psychotic episode and died in custody last fall after jailers punched, kicked and kneeled on his back during a confrontation, according to court documents released Thursday.
    The indictments show that Stevon Jones and Courtney Parham have also been charged with aggravated assault while acting in concert with others in the death of 33-year-old Gershun Freeman. Jones faces an additional count of assault.

    Meanwhile, seven other deputies have been charged with aggravated assault resulting in the death of another. Those officers include: Jeffrey Gibson, Anthony Howell, Damian Cooper, Ebonee Davis, Lareko Donwel Elliot and Chelsey Duckett. One officer's name was redacted.

    The grand jury made the indictments Tuesday and warrants were issued Wednesday.

    All of the deputies have been placed on administrative leave. Online records do not show if the eight deputies named in the indictment have lawyers.

    A hearing for the deputies will take place Oct. 27.

    Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner first disclosed the existence of the indictments Wednesday evening, but refused to give any more information at the time. Instead, he accused the investigation of being political and vowed to help raise money for the deputies' legal fees.

    Bonner is running for mayor of Memphis. Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy threw his support behind a different candidate, Van Turner, before Freeman's death and before Bonner announced his candidacy.

    Mulroy has recused himself from Freeman's case and Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk has since been tapped to oversee the investigation.

    “I did everything I could to take politics out of it and I hope the public doesn't buy the narrative that there was anything untoward about that,” Mulroy told reporters Thursday.

    Earlier this year, Funk released video of Freeman at the Shelby County Jail.

    The video shows Freeman was beaten by at least 10 corrections officers Oct. 5 after he ran naked from his cell.

    According to the video, officers wrestle Freeman to the ground and begin to punch, kick and pepper-spray him. They are joined by additional officers. The deputies move with Freeman out of the hallway. From another camera’s view, Freeman is seen wrapping himself around an officer’s legs in a different hallway.

    The video shifts to a bank of escalators and Freeman, still naked, runs up one of them. In another hallway, a struggle continues with officers attempting to restrain him before getting him face-down on the ground. They can be seen stepping and kneeling on his back before he becomes still. One officer remained on Freeman’s back for several minutes before he was lifted.

    He appears limp when officers do lift him up, with his head falling forward between his knees and his hands cuffed behind his back. He remains in that position until medical employees arrive, and the video ends.

    Freeman had “psychosis and cardiovascular disease and died of a heart attack while being restrained,” Bonner said in a March statement, citing a medical examiner’s report.

    Freeman’s manner of death is listed as a homicide in the autopsy report from the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center, although the report says that this “is not meant to definitively indicate criminal intent.”

    Brice Timmons, a lawyer for Freeman’s family, said Wednesday that Bonner is to blame for Freeman’s death.
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  • #2
    Originally posted by Gondwanaland View Post
    Insane. The profession truly attracts the worst of humanity, it seems, and strives to make it hard to root them out.
    Your anti-cop hyperbole is duly noted. As Cow Poke has observed, it is unions which strive to make it hard to root out the worst of humanity in any profession.
    Have you ever attempted to subdue anyone having a psychotic episode? They don't respond rationally to such attempts. It's hard to tell from the description how much of what they did was excessive, though the description makes that impression. Politics is certainly involved in this, quite possibly both for and against Bonner.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by One Bad Pig View Post
      Your anti-cop hyperbole is duly noted. As Cow Poke has observed, it is unions which strive to make it hard to root out the worst of humanity in any profession.

      Have you ever attempted to subdue anyone having a psychotic episode? They don't respond rationally to such attempts. It's hard to tell from the description how much of what they did was excessive, though the description makes that impression. Politics is certainly involved in this, quite possibly both for and against Bonner.
      I can tell about the time that me and 4 other police officers got the living crap beat out of us by a 14 year old girl.
      The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

        I can tell about the time that me and 4 other police officers got the living crap beat out of us by a 14 year old girl.
        Did you beat her to death too?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Gondwanaland View Post

          Did you beat her to death too?
          No, sir, I visited her at the juvie center where she was confined, led her to the Lord, and she ended up being a vibrant part of my youth group.
          The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

            No, sir, I visited her at the juvie center where she was confined, led her to the Lord, and she ended up being a vibrant part of my youth group.
            This man will never get that chance. But your attempt to justify and downplay the actions of the deputies as usual -and blame the victim - is noted.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Gondwanaland View Post

              This man will never get that chance. But your attempt to justify and downplay the actions of the deputies as usual -and blame the victim - is noted.
              I never ever attempted to justify and downplay the actions of these corrupt cops - but your silly attempt to falsely accuse me is noted.
              The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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              • #8
                By the way - my wife and I have pretty much stopped watching TV, and one of our favorite series has to do with cops getting caught doing stupid stuff*.

                We especially liked the one where a Sheriff's Chief Deputy was caught driving while intoxicated, identified himself as a police officer, begged for special treatment, but the police officers who stopped him would have none of it.
                When he begged "I'll lose my job", the officer responded, "Well, ONE of us is going to lose his job, and I guaranty you it won't be me".


                *not in any way implying that the cops in the OP were simply doing "stupid stuff" rather than outright heinous stuff.
                The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

                  No, sir, I visited her at the juvie center where she was confined, led her to the Lord, and she ended up being a vibrant part of my youth group.
                  By the way, I always enjoyed introducing her to new people as "the girl who beat the crap out of me".
                  The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Cow Poke View Post

                    I never ever attempted to justify and downplay the actions of these corrupt cops - but your silly attempt to falsely accuse me is noted.
                    You did, though, right here in this thread. You tried to downplay it by comparing it to a 14 year old girl you supposedly dealt with, as if it were his fault that he was beaten to death
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Gondwanaland View Post
                      You did, though, right here in this thread.
                      No, sir - that was your twist on what I said.

                      You tried to downplay it by comparing it to a 14 year old girl you supposedly dealt with, as if it were his fault that he was beaten to death
                      Nope.

                      The first to state his case seems right until another comes and cross-examines him.

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