Police say Gang Beats-UP Whitehaven High School Student
(Memphis) Quaterious Macklin is accused of jumping a Whitehaven High School student as he walked home from school, and breaking the victim’s collar-bone.
Police say Macklin did it with the help of two juveniles who call themselves members of the “Goon Squad Mafia.”
The violence comes just a few weeks after a video was posted on Facebook, showing another Whitehaven gang that targeted a young man walking home.
They stripped him naked and beat him bloody.
Officers with the Memphis gang unit made two arrests in that crime.
“We tend to want to catch them now, as juveniles,” said Sgt. Michael Pierce, a member of the Memphis-based Multi-Agency Gang Unit.
Police say, lately, more gang activity is popping-up in Whitehaven.
The problem is all across Memphis and they’re working the streets daily to reach out to troubled teens and arrest them, if necessary.
“They will get on social media and portray themselves as tough guys, but when it comes to dealing with the police, when we have had them in our office, they begin crying for momma,” he said. “Mamma don’t leave me, mamma don’t leave me. I don`t want to go to jail.”
That’s where 18-year-old Macklin is now, accused in the latest gang violence, as well as 18-year-old Adarrel Anderson, who police say took part in the brutal beat down posted online.
“To the fullest extent of the law that they are able to get prosecuted, they are going to be prosecuted,” said Lt. Anthony Carter, with the Multi-Agency Gang Unit.