Last week, a video surfaced on YouTube which some believe shows use of excessive force against a man by a group of Memphis police officers. Mayor Wharton has called for an investigation and issued a statement regarding the video:
In his statement, Wharton said: “I have spoken with Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong and have called for a swift investigation of the incident. Even though no victim has come forward with an official complaint, we are both deeply troubled by the impression created by this video and are moving forward to determine if there was wrongdoing on the part of any of Memphis’ Finest.”
In the case of the police video, Mayor Wharton isn’t waiting for a victim to file an official complaint, he is taking action because he is troubled by the impression the video creates. Well gee, how about calling for an investigation into what appears to be negligence and cruelty at MAS in allowing two dogs to fight due to mishandling and then beating them with a steel pole? Any concern there about the impression this video creates?
Of course we already know the answer. But it would be nice to see Mayor Wharton take an even-handed approach to the appearance of wrongdoing by city employees in Memphis. Neither of the victims at MAS can file official complaints because they have no voice and must rely on human caretakers to protect them from harm. That and they were both killed by MAS staff shortly after the beatings occurred.
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Thank you to my friend John Sibley for helping me with the city’s video footage.