MEMPHIS, Tenn. — “It was very difficult, as you can imagine, to see your own son being beaten up, and there’s not a thing you can do about it,” Mark Sauser said.
Sauser told WREG he felt helpless watching the video of his son being beaten by a rowdy mob of teenagers.
“It drove me to tears it was so bad and –,” Sauser paused, eyes misty.
The pain is still too real.
“It’s been hard, but the fact that he’s coming out of this has made it a lot easier,” Sauser said.
Wednesday, Sauser told his son’s horrifying story in front of the Shelby County Commission.
Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong was invited to the meeting and said it is time for the city to move forward.
“Justice has been served. The people that are responsible for the, the majority of the people responsible for this has been brought to justice,” Director Armstrong said. “I think it’s time for us to put this behind us, continue to work, but I think it’s time for us to get this out of the media and move on.”
People who live in the Highpoint Terrace area aren’t finding it so east to simply move on.
“We want to know that we’re safe in our homes, that we’re safe driving in our streets, and we know that’s not all up to law enforcement. It’s a community effort to get it done,” Shelby County Commissioner Heidi Shafer said.
Commissioner Shafer is one of many who will be at a meeting Wednesday night at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.
“What we’re determined to do is not let this incident stop our forward momentum,” Commissioner Shafer said. “We’re not going to retreat into the past. We’re not going to retreat into our homes. We’re going to take a bold stand for progress. And that’s fighting against crime and fighting for families.”
Sauser is calling for church leaders in Memphis to host a day of prayer and fasting in lieu of the brutal beating at Kroger two weeks ago.