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25 officers injured by rock-throwing protesters after fatal Memphis police shooting

One local official identified the victim as Brandon Webber and said he was shot several times in his family’s front yard. Family members confirmed to the Daily Memphian that the 21-year-old Webber died.

Frayser residents taunt the police as protesters take to the streets in anger against the shooting a youth identified by family members as Brandon Webber by U.S. Marshals earlier in the evening. Dozens of angry protesters clashed with police throwing stones and tree limbs until police forces broke the mob up with tear gas. ()

Frayser residents taunt the police as protesters take to the streets in anger against the shooting a youth identified by family members as Brandon Webber by U.S. Marshals earlier in the evening. Dozens of angry protesters clashed with police throwing stones and tree limbs until police forces broke the mob up with tear gas. ()

Jim Weber/Daily Memphian/The Commercial Appeal via AP

In identifying Webber on Twitter early Thursday, Shelby County Commissioner and mayoral candidate Tami Sawyer said “Every life lost should matter…every single one. How many times will this be ok? It cannot continue to be.”

Memphis police officers were called in to help with crowd control as word of the shooting spread on social media. As more protesters showed up, more Memphis officers and Shelby County sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene. The situation then escalated, and officers donned protective riot gear as people threw rocks and bricks. Police cars and a nearby fire station were damaged, Rallings said.

The TBI is called in to investigate police-involved shootings by district attorneys in Shelby and other counties in the state. TBI investigators then give their report to the district attorney, who will decide whether to pursue charges against officers involved.

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The police director implored residents to wait until the TBI finishes its investigation before spreading possible misinformation about the shooting. “I need everyone to stay calm,” Rallings said.

While police support the right of people to demonstrate, Rallings said “we will not allow any acts of violence.”

Passion Anderson, a 34-year-old student, drove her 13-year-old son to the scene early Thursday, after protesters had gone and the scene had calmed down. She grew up in Memphis, but left to Ohio before moving in November to the Frayser neighborhood, a mostly low- to middle-income area north of downtown.


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Anderson said she worries about her son’s safety every day in Memphis which like other large cities, struggles with violent crime.

“I just want him to see this, know what’s going on, to be conscious,” she said from the driver’s seat of her car, with her son in the passenger seat. “I fear for him all the time.”

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