Bloody Beale Street video causes concern

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — *Disclaimer: Some viewers may find the video attached to this story difficult to watch.*

A man was recorded passed out in a pool of blood on Beale Street around 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

The video was shared more than 1,800 times on Facebook.

“It’s very sad, very graphic, very disturbing to say the least,” Alan Howze said.

The cell phone video shows a man, with his pants down to his ankles, bleeding and passed out on Beale Street between Second and Third.

Dozens of people were seen standing around snapping pictures and recording video.

One person was spotted rummaging through the man’s pockets.

People WREG showed the pictures and videos to on Sunday could not believe their eyes.

“When we talk about tourists coming to this particular area, everybody wants to be safe so it’s definitely a cause for concern,” Howze worried.

“He was unable to give information to police officers last night due to his intoxication,” Major Trey Shull, with the Memphis Police Department, explained.

Major Shull said officers have seen the video that is sparking attention on social media.

“We’ve sent officers to the Med (Regional Medical Center) to follow up today,” Major Shull said.  “He doesn’t remember very much at all about what happened to him last night.”

Investigators worked to jog the man’s memory in an effort to determine if the incident was accidental or a blatant attack.

MPD officers are also in the process of checking video footage from Blue CRUSH cameras located on each end of Beale Street.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to glean some information from those to try to find out what happened to this individual,” Major Shull said.

Some people blamed MPD for a slow response time, but Major Shull assured WREG the incident was handled quickly once officers found out about it.

“Also as a citizen you have a duty to act.  I mean we can’t walk around and ignore what’s going on in our very eyes.  We have to be courageous enough to step forward and do something about it,” Howze explained.

Monday, police said records show no calls to police about the injured man.

Police said this incident is an ongoing investigation, and no arrests have been made.

Monday, Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. released the following statement in response to the incident:

Although we are still not clear on what led to the man being in this state, this is a truly regrettable situation all the way around. 

I guess I’m not so shocked by the fact that even in a city known for helping people in need that a person in obvious distress would not be immediately assisted by those who saw the situation.  I ‘m reminded that even in the Biblical story of the Good Samaritan, two people passed by the man on the roadside bleeding before the Samaritan stopped to help. 

What is, however, more upsetting to so many of us is that instead of ignoring this individual’s need for help, some people actually stopped and took the time to use their phones to record the incident.  These are the same phones that people could have used to call for help given that the initial team of Memphis Police Officers arrived on the scene despite having not received a report of the incident.

With that said, I look forward to hearing from Memphis Police after they have concluded their investigation into this matter.  As much as this would have been disturbing no matter the individual or the area of town, I want to assure our tourists, residents, and citizens alike that Memphis is still the City of Good Abode and their collective safety is our priority.


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