The violence reportedly led officers to call in back up as well as don protective clothing. Authorities confirmed at least 25 officers received some sort of injury and they were forced to set up a triage unit on the scene for the officers who had been hurt. They were eventually forced to use a chemical agent to disperse the crowd. Memphis Police later clarified that number, saying a total of 36 MPD officers and Shelby County deputies had been injured. Several were taken to a hospital in non-critical condition, and all were released from the hospital by Thursday afternoon, MPD said. “What I need now is for everyone to stay calm,” Police Director Michael Rallings said during a news conference early Thursday morning. “If your home or car was vandalized during these acts, you need to call police. If you witnessed acts of violence or vandalism you need to call police.” Thursday morning, Strickland said Rallings made the right call to disperse the crowd because of violence against officers and the media. He also praised Memphis Police officers and Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies for exercising restraint at the scene. Three people were arrested after the chaos: Eddie Richardson, Kleston Beverly and Joshua Taylor. Police said each of the men were among the people causing problems at the scene and refused to leave when told to disperse. Taylor, 19, even laid on the ground and told officers, “ya’ll gonna have to lock me up today.” Taylor was charged with inciting a riot and riot, while Richardson and Beverly were charged with disorderly conduct.
Just saw 2 guys smash a police car with a chair. @3onyourside pic.twitter.com/Am5dcL2V5i— Luke Jones (@LukeJonesTV) June 13, 2019
Shelby County Schools said Thursday that Webber was a 2017 graduate at Central High School.
“Shelby County Schools has received information about a planned vigil near the school. As a proactive measure, we have deployed additional security personnel to Central HS and provided grief counselors to multiple schools in the area to assist students and staff. Our priority is to ensure our school is secured and students and staff feel safe,” the district said.
Greg McCullough, principal at Central High School, said in a statement, “My heart is broken over the news regarding the death of Brandon Webber.
“Brandon worked hard during his time at Central where he graduated in 2017. I remember that he was a very talented art student. He seemed to really love his experience at Central High and he engaged well with others. My prayers go out to the Webber family during this devastating time.”
#breaking: TBI has just confirmed this was an officer-involved shooting involving US Marshals. @3onyourside pic.twitter.com/vnZgQGrdZo— Luke Jones (@LukeJonesTV) June 13, 2019
You could hear something being fired (not sure what). Sent crowd running briefly. Sounds like maybe police are trying to disperse crowd. @3onyourside pic.twitter.com/tP3EkKIrN7— Luke Jones (@LukeJonesTV) June 13, 2019
A few in the crowd now throwing things (not sure what) at officers who have again formed a wall. @3onyourside pic.twitter.com/xhwVXqotys— Luke Jones (@LukeJonesTV) June 13, 2019
Police now have shields. Heard them telling crowd to disperse over loudspeakers. pic.twitter.com/jMynWKlXo4— Luke Jones (@LukeJonesTV) June 13, 2019
Had to change locations. Guy just ran up, hit me on the side of my head and knocked me to the ground. @3onyourside— Luke Jones (@LukeJonesTV) June 13, 2019