Family of mother and daughter killed by officer want police tracked

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — After two years and two lives lost, family and friends said they have been waiting too long for something to be done.

Delois Epps and her 13-year-old daughter, Mackayla Ross, were killed by an officer speeding through the streets at the intersection of Crump and Walnut.

People who knew the mother and daughter said there needs to be a way to track officers on patrol so they know someone is watching them.

“And it’s a day don’t go by that I don’t miss her. I wake up every morning with her on my heart and on my mind,” Linda Walker said.

The second anniversary of the crash is this week.

Epps and Ross were killed by former Memphis police officer Alex Beard in the wreck.

Beard was driving 90 miles per hour with no lights or siren.

“I’m still feeling a whole lot of hurt,” Michael Ross said.

Ross lost his family the day of the crash and continues waiting for Mayor AC Wharton to keep his promise.

“I’m still just at a loss for words because I saw on the news the other night where they still haven’t put the tracking devices in the cars yet,” Ross explained.

For two years, the city told WREG they were researching a tracking system that would include dashboard cameras.

However, last week the task appeared to be too overwhelming.

Mayor Wharton said the city was just beginning the process of getting an outside company to pick out the system for the city.

While Ross is glad the ball has started to roll, he said it has taken too long to get to this point.

As the weight of the deaths sit heavy on family and friends’ hearts, they released balloons into the air hoping something is done before a another tragedy happens.

The former officer who killed the mother and daughter served six months and is out of prison.

The family believes Beard only got a slap on the wrist.

22 comments

  • Jerry

    They should be glad he even got that considering Delois Epps was partially responsible for the wreck. It was her responsibility to make sure the roadway was clear before making a left turn. If that officer would have had a better attorney, he may have got off. Just ask the DA herself.

    • takenobull

      Cops should only support those neighbor hoods who like cops. It would save a lot of ditching and complaints.

      • Brenda

        Your comment simply serves to foster hostility, ignorance and confusion. Police are paid by all taxpayers to serve and protect all people, irrespective of the neighbor in which they live! Some of these comments are simply SAD and SHAMEFUL!

    • canadianwhiskeygirl

      Maybe….what time of day did this happen? Some people have no perception of how fast approaching traffic is coming at them. How close was he to where she was making her turn? Maybe she had a lot on her mind and wasn’t paying any attention….although, the officer was above and beyond going that fast, no lights nor siren. I tend to find it hard to believe he was doing all of 90.

      • Lifelong Memphian

        This happened around 3:00 in the afternoon. He was going that fast. I came upon the accident scene about 15 minutes after it happened. Inexcusable. GPS trackers should be installed in all law enforcement vehicles. There are police cars parked all over town in vacant lots, behind stores, and in parks, for long periods of time, sometimes car to car, chatting away, off radio. They need to be in our neighborhoods deterring the burglaries and assaults and robberies.

    • Anonymous

      When you pull out into traffic, and look to see if traffic is coming, you rely on past experience based upon distance and expected speed of traffic. Since the cop was doing about double the speed limit, he would have been approaching much more rapidly than one would (or should) anticipate, leaving the responsibility upon the person speeding.

    • Brenda

      First of all, to whom are you referring when you say “They”? Secondly, the patrol officer was more responsible than the victims. He had a sworn obligation to abide by his training and proper police procedures. Explain to me the reason the officer was traveling at such excessively high speeds, on a busy roadway (and at a busy intersection) without his cruiser lights and sirens on. Did he also not have the same obligation to ensure the intersection was clear before he sped through it? Your response certainly did not clarify the issue or your point. If this is indeed, as you mentioned in your post, what the DA believes, then the more the pity! A mother and her daughter lost their life in this senseless tragedy. Try to engender more compassion and empathy within yourself for the victims.

  • Ken poi

    You people have got to be kidding, two people were killed and it’s there fault ? The hate and insensitivity some of you posters post is truly amazing.

    • KT

      I agree with you Ken, It states the the officer was doing 90 on city streets, without lights and siren, and some people want to blame her. Where could he have been going doing 90 on city streets even if he did have lights and siren on?

      • Jerry

        Just stating what the law says. Just like when you want to merge onto the highway or another lane. Just because you use a turn signal, you must make sure it is clear to merge or change lanes. Bottom line is she was partially at fault. I am not saying the officer was not negligent, just saying blame is on both parties.

  • WhyIMoved

    Put GPS and cameras in all the patrol cars if you want but they will do no good. The City will not put aside the necessary money needed to maintain them. In a year they will not be working just like the LPR(tag reader) patrol cars.

  • donaknowsitall

    GPS will track in real time – as in, where the patrol car is at, at any given time. It doesn’t NOT track where they are going. GPS is not a mindreader. GPS will record how fast the patrol car is traveling, but it will not track whether the lights or sirens are on.

    Every driver knows that even if there is a green light and the driver is making a turn, the driver should look both ways to ensure it is clear prior to turning. It in the drivers manuel, take a look and see for yourself.

    I see way too many careless drivers in this area! Red light runners, failure to yield right of way, don’t stop at stop signs, yellow light runners, failure to use turn signals, speeders and slow-pokes, I could go on but there are too many that I see every day driving to work.

    • Lifelong Memphian

      I agree with your statement about all the careless drivers in Memphis. You can add people who quickly cross three lanes of traffic and people who turn into parking lots expecting two lanes of traffic to stop for them. But as to those who run yellow lights, it has been my experience in Memphis that if you stop at a yellow light, you have a great risk of being rear-ended because no one here stops. I was almost rear-ended in such a situation by a fast-traveling car, and a month ago, my business partner was rear-ended when she stopped for a yellow light.

  • Bob

    While this is a tragedy I don’t aagree with the idea of tracking police officers because it opens the doors to other things we dont want.

  • Rude Druid

    We have got to police the police.

    We know better than to trust them to police themselves.

    Their pack mentality, their culture, makes every civilian their enemy.

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