Update On Protests, Anger Over 20-Year-Old Brandon Webber, Shot And Killed By Memphis Police

Update On Protests, Anger Over 20-Year-Old Brandon Webber, Shot And Killed By Memphis Police

A Memphis community broke out into protests Wednesday after a young Black father of two was killed by police. Brandon Webber, 20, was fatally shot by officers in the US Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force on June 3, Buzzfeed reported. Officers claim they were trying to take Webber into custody for “multiple warrants, including violent felony offenses.”

However, Webber’s father said he was planning to attend college. His family also said officers shot him over 20 times. .The unfortunate scenario of young Black men being killed by police is nothing new. Yet those same police can take white mass murderers into custody with incident, sometimes even stopping to feed them along the way.

Tired of the pain and trauma, over 300 people from the north Memphis neighborhood of Frayser gathered demanding answers. Violence erupted with some officers being hit with rocks and residents being tear gassed, reported the Washington Post.

Stories of what actually happened to Webber vary, which only increased frustrations.

“People’s feelings were hurt. They wanted to know the truth of what happened,” Rev. Charlie Caswell told the Post. He has been a Frayser resident for over 30 years and was among the clergy trying to calm the crowd.

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“The stories just weren’t adding up. You can only expect the community to continue to have unrest until they are provided some answers,” Caswell said.

Police say Webber was wanted for shooting a man five times then robbing him of his car after responding to an ad on Craigslist.

“I’ve been doing this a long time and fully understand the frustration … But . . . it wasn’t something where they just went roughshod up to Memphis trying to find somebody. This was a violent felon who did not, obviously, want to go to jail,” ,” said John Champion, a prosecutor for Mississippi’s DeSoto County.

But those who knew Webber expressed shock he would be involved in any such crime, describing him as friendly.