Man beaten on Beale Street wants to know why no one helped him

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man recorded in a cellphone video while passed out in a pool of blood on Beale Street told WREG his side of the story.

Jonathan Parker said he doesn’t remember much, but is disgusted no one helped him after a beer bottle was smashed over his head.

Instead, people took pictures and videos, and stole his wallet, phone, even the clothes he was wearing.

“It’s frustrating to see people leave me there like I’m kind of animal or something,” said Parker. “Where is everybody to help me? I mean, one or two people can carry me somewhere.”

Parker wants to know why no one helped him while he laid in the middle of Beale Street.

“I am so lost for words. It saddens me that a lot of people say they saw me on video on the ground for 20 to 30 minutes,” said Parker.

Parker admits he got too drunk Saturday night and wishes he remembered more.

He told WREG his friends were nowhere close when someone hit him in the head.

“I heard a lot of people were stomping on me and spitting on me. They stole my watch, my wallet, my phone,” he said.

Someone even stole the shirt Jonathan was wearing, but the worst part is that MPD says no one called 911.

Police showed up on their own.

“I know I had a picture with the officer in the background while I was on the ground. I don’t know why they didn’t help me up. It’s kind of frustrating,” he said.

Parker woke up in the hospital with a fractured skull, and cuts and bruises all over his body. Doctors told him it is a miracle he’s alive.

Parker said right now, he doesn’t know if he has any permanent damage, or if any injuries could have been prevented if someone helped him sooner.

MPD investigators said they are looking through footage from security cameras on Beale Street hoping they can figure out how this whole thing started.

Downtown Memphis Commission President Paul Morris said crime stats show downtown Memphis is the safest area in the city, and violent crime is down compared to last year.

He said downtown has the most police officers and security cameras in the city.

Morris said most crime in downtown happens Sunday mornings between two and four.

Morris said he takes every incident seriously, and he and the city will continue to combat crime, especially during the morning hours.


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