Man Accused of Punching MPD Officer; Throwing His Partner Through a Window

Posted on: 9:26 pm, December 1, 2013, by , updated on: 10:17pm, December 1, 2013

(Memphis) Two Memphis Police officers are recovering from injuries after one was punched in the face several times, and he and his partner were thrown through a glass window.

It happened outside B.B. King’s Blues Club on Beale Sunday morning.

Memphis Police said Jon Riley and his girlfriend were in a fight with other people outside the bar when two cops tried to break it up.

The officers were with the Entertainment District Unit and were wearing plain clothes.

Investigators said Riley became angry, punching Officer Shawn May in the face several times. Officer Brian Falatko tried to calm Riley down, but Riley grabbed Falatko and through him into a glass window.

Falatko was transported to the MED with serious head injuries where he was treated and released.

Investigators are now claiming both officers were pushed through the window.

Investigators said Riley was extremely drunk and was taken to jail on aggravated assault, assault, disorderly conduct, public intoxication and resisting official detention.

“We saw a pedestrian wave down a police officer and say there’s a fight down the street,” said Tony Busekrus, who was on Beale when it happened. “I guess some people don’t know how to have a good time without going overboard.”

WREG went to Riley’s East Memphis home listed on court records.

His roommates said they haven’t heard from him since he bonded out of jail Sunday afternoon.

“I don’t want to speak out on his behalf,” said one roommate.

WREG left a phone number, but have yet to hear from Riley.

He is expected in court Monday morning.

The chaos happened 15 minutes after B.B. King’s closed.

No one at the bar wanted to comment on the incident.

Both officers involved have been with MPD since 2008.

They have only worked with the Entertainment District Unit.

10 comments

  • Cary Miller says:

    “threw” him into a glass window. Geesh! Where are your editors?????

  • Daddy says:

    That’s what happens when you try to help garbage like him? Throw his head threw a window and let’s see if anyone will help him.

  • Joe Williams says:

    Im sure the cops did not try to act like a tough guy with this fellow and talk to him like a chump…. Sounds like he had a few brews and showed them they were not so tough after all.!!!

  • Daddy says:

    Sounds like joe had a rough life getting picked on

  • Nonya Bidness says:

    “serious head injuries” are now treat and release? Sounds like a cop is trying to retire because of his injuries. MPD’s policy of get a scratch on duty and retire on medical disability is costing the city millions that it doesn’t have.

  • Don says:

    Its about time the city prosecutes the bars for not stop serving drinks to patrons who have a snoot full and become a risk to others.
    Oh but that wouldn’t bring in the revenue even if there are laws.
    Memphis has no leadership
    I would not suggest anyone to go to Beale street. there are a lot of other places you can go to and have a few drinks and have fun

    Same story. The beat goes on.

  • Ferg says:

    Neanderthals hang out on Beale St. It’s Neanderthal heaven. Neanderthal should have been tazed.

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