Memphis Families In Legal Disputes With Apartments Where Children Were Shot

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(Memphis) Security guards, gates, and proper lighting are some of the things a local attorney says some Memphis apartment complexes fail to provide for people living there, allowing crime to plague the apartments.

During the Summer of 2012, a 14-year-old was shot in the arm at Todd Creek Apartments. The girl was walking to a friend's house when she was caught in the crossfire of a shootout.

County Commissioner and Attorney Walter Bailey is representing the family in a lawsuit against Todd Creek.

He says the apartment complex is partially to blame for the girls injuries because it failed to provide enough security especially considering it’s located in a notably dangerous part of the city.

“Some of them are a haven for crime. They are aware of it and don`t want to do anything,” said Bailey.

The lawsuit claims in the two months leading up to the shooting, there were 13 reported crimes like, aggravated assaults, robberies and drug violations. The lawsuit falls under what's called a premise liability suit.

“One of the tenants approached and said `help, we need some help the gangs are taking over`,” advised Bailey.

Some Memphis apartment complexes are taking drastic and unusual steps to keep residents safe from crime.

Last month, The Summit Apartments started the eviction process of a mom and her two kids because the kids were identified as robbery suspects somewhere else.

But according to Bailey, Todd Creek isn’t even doing the bare minimum to keep its residents out of harm’s way.

“The burden shouldn`t be on them. Once they pay their hard earned dollars to lease and provide for themselves, they ought to have protection, said Bailey.

Nobody with Todd Creek management wanted to talk about the lawsuit or its security plans.

Just recently Bailey settled a similar dispute against Ridgeway Apartments.

In 2006, a n 11-year-old boy was on the complex' playground, when he was shot and killed by a stray bullet.

Walter Bailey is running for re-election as a county commissioner. He's being challenged by Berlin Boyd, Julie Diane Ray and David Vinciarelli.


    • Joe Bo

      Just so you know, Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacey, and Jeffrey Dahmer all had live in Dads. Guess you had a live in Dad too.

  • Nick B

    Don’t just blame the apartments. Blame the ghetto people that live there or the ghetto associates of those that live there. Organizations and government can only do so much. A certain mind of people are to blame.

  • Hard Truths

    Security companies don’t like working apartment complexes, per a friend who represents a lot of security companies. The apartments don’t pay for ENOUGH security to secure the premises, AND the apartments are particularly dangerous work.

    Apartment managers see security as a cost with no payoff.

    Security would MUCH rather work a bar.

    So gangs rule the apartment complexes, and the security companies and apt owners pay for it when somebody gets shot by a gang member.

    Victims are usually Hispanic. Some apt owners opt for all-Hispanic complexes to keep the gangs out. No more shootings,

    Memphis has, conservatively, 30,000 active gang members. And they are vicious criminals and especially racist toward whites and Hispanics.

    They are truly thugs. Cruel, vicious, primitive, highly-adapted thieves, and violent predators. Just intelligent enough to be vicious.

    • Hard Truths

      Oh, the apartments end up paying. I’ve seen them pay out a lot. But someone else usually pays with their life first.

      I wish it were possible to demonize Memphis’ street gangs — they truly ARE demonic –without being called a racist by certain idiots.

      It is very troubling that the street gangs seem to have so much support from the ghetto and so much influence with certain public officials.

      King Willie made it all possible. All glory to King Willie.

  • nikki

    I lived in these apartments when that happened and there was security there and they got cameras and fences so stop lying!!!!. Crime is everywhere but Those apartments have turned around. and she still lives there so it couldn’t be that bad

    • Joe Bo

      Perhaps you have a point cus we do have to share the planet with hicks like you. Just to think if you Caucasians had not evolved, we would definitely have had a better history, and a more promising future. When I think of the end of civilization, I picture a pink person pushing the button, not a person of Color. Self destruction is in your nature.

  • Hard Truths

    Another thing — some security companies hire the kind of people they should be guarding their customers AGAINST.

    People with LONG and serious criminal histories.

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