TBI Investigates Shooting that Led to Protests in Frayser

Updated at 7:23 p.m. After a violent clash between protesters and Memphis police Wednesday night, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting that precipitated the stand off. U.S. Marshals killed a 20-year-old Memphis man while attempting to arrest him in the Frayser neighborhood. Cell phone footage from the scene shows Memphis Police officers in full riot gear, shields up, facing dozens of angry residents. Memphis officials said at least 36 officers were injured by...

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On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins landed on the Moon during the United States Apollo XI mission. This year will mark the fiftieth anniversary of Apollo XI.  

After a decade of collecting photos, Ryan Adams has organized the Shift+Gallery’s first-ever exhibit, “Edge of Space: Apollo XI, Orbiter, and Viking I”. The exhibit, which is located inside Edge Alley restaurant, will showcase photographs taken during the Apollo XI, Orbiter, and Viking I missions.  “Edge of Space: Apollo XI, Orbiter, and Viking I” opens Tuesday, June 25th with an open reception from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The exhibit ends on August 30th.    

On Wednesday, U.S. Marshals shot and killed 20-year-old Brandon Webber in the North Memphis community of Frayser. The Marshals were carrying out arrest warrants for Webber, who was a suspect in a robbery and shooting in Hernando, MS.

Webber's death sparked protests and led to many questions.

 

With the toll of a church bell, around 200 people cheered when his lanky likeness was finally revealed on Wednesday. The bronze sculpture of a young Johnny Cash with a guitar newly stands in front of 999 Cooper Street, near the now-vacant Galloway Methodist Church. It was there, in 1954, that Cash had his first public performance, a fundraiser for a women's bible study. 

65 years later, Cash's grandson Thomas Gabriel, and his nephew Roy Cash, a resident of Collierville, were on hand for the dedication. 

When 20-year-old Brandon Webber was shot dead Wednesday by U.S. Marshals serving arrest warrants, the ensuing information vacuum, along with a major police presence in the Frayser area of Memphis, fomented a violent clash between officers in riot gear and angry residents. More than 30 officers received minor injuries. Six were taken to the hospital. Three protesters were arrested.

Updated at 7:23 p.m.

After a violent clash between protesters and Memphis police Wednesday night, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into the shooting that precipitated the stand off. U.S. Marshals killed a 20-year-old Memphis man while attempting to arrest him in the Frayser neighborhood. 

Cell phone footage from the scene shows Memphis Police officers in full riot gear, shields up, facing dozens of angry residents. Memphis officials said at least 36 officers were injured by thrown rocks and bricks. Several television journalists were assaulted.

Photo by Joe Rondone, Courtesy of the Commercial Appeal

Two neighborhoods in Shelby County have been identified as "food deserts" -- areas where residents  have to travel up to a mile just to buy groceries. While that isn't a problem for many people, these neighborhoods -- in South Memphis and Frayser -- also have high poverty rates and residents who rely on public transportation. 

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Memphis water is pumped from a vast aquifer that  that stretches under eight states. Dr. Brian Waldron is the Director of the Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering (CAESER) at the University of Memphis and is working with students to assess and find potential dangers to the water in the aquifer. 

This week on WKNO-TV's Behind the Headlines, Waldron joins Ward Archer, President of Protect our Aquifer, and Scott Banbury, Conservation Program Coordinator for the TN Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Waldron discusses his department's ongoing study, including some of the results of that CAESER has found testing the local aquifer. 

Archer says that Memphis is one of nation's largest cities that gets its water from an aquifer, over which there are limited regulations and control. Archer says citizens should be concerned about industrial contamination getting into our groundwater. 

Banbury has been keeping an eye on the toxin-filled, coal ash pits at the old Allen power plant. Banbury lays out TVA's plans for the pits, which are separated from the Memphis aquifer by several layers of clay and earth. 

 

 

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