MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The Memphis Police Director is making his first public comments about the deadly US Marshal-involved shooting Wednesday night in Frayser, urging for calm and also elevating the department’s readiness level to three.
Memphis’ top cop is reacting to assaults on officers he says were only called in to keep the peace after the shooting. Despite the riot-like conditions here Wednesday night, Mike Rallings commends those in the Frayser community who exhibited restraint, alongside the officers in a very tense situation.
“I’m just so proud of them. They’re some of the bravest and most professional individuals that I’ve met in my 29 years in law enforcement,“ Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings said.
Rallings commends all the men and women of all branches of law enforcement for restraint demonstrated last night in a very chaotic and dangerous situation. Hours after U.S. Marshalls shot and killed Brandon Webber in Frayser at Durham and Overton Crossing, a violent faceoff between officers, friends, and family of Webber.
“We have gone to a level 3. That means that officers’ days off have been canceled. They’re riding two persons to a car. We will not allow acts of vandalism, we will not allow looting, we will not allow assaults on law enforcement to occur. We will act swiftly. We will act in a sure manner,“ said Rallings.
Rallings says while MPD is not involved in the investigation he will, however, continue to ask the community for restraint. The answers to Wednesday night’s unrest should be answered by TBI says Rallings.
“So many people cried out for third-party investigation of officer-involved shootings, and that is what’s happening. We should allow that process to go forward.“
Rallings also asks that rumors be ignored and says those statements put out by U.S. Marshalls, DeSoto County Sheriffs, and TBI were strong and accurate. He also says those involved in violence Wednesday night do not represent the city of Memphis.
Meanwhile, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety said Friday a “credible” threat was made against law enforcement concerning the shooting Wednesday night.
On Thursday, June 13, 2019, Commissioner of Public Safety Marshall Fisher responded to questions about a threat made to law enforcement officials concerning an incident that occurred in Memphis, Tennessee this week. A bulletin was issued by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety to law enforcement officials advising them to use extra caution and be on high alert when they are in public. “We received credible intelligence that a threat had been issued on law enforcement pursuant to the events that occurred in the city of Memphis on Wednesday evening,“ said DPS Commissioner Marshall Fisher. “I felt it was necessary to get that information out to law enforcement.“