Legal team of Martavious Banks reacts to MPD investigation

New report in officer-involved shooting

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The September 2018 shooting of 25-year-old Martavious Banks sparked outrage from his family and anger from community activists.

Their fury only increased when Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings announced, "I am not confidant policy was followed."

The MPD's five-month investigation found four officers violated multiple policies during the traffic stop, the chase that followed and Banks' shooting inside a home in Whitehaven.

MPD says Officer Jamarcus Jeames, who shot Banks, resigned.

Investigators say he violated traffic, radio, pursuit and body camera policies by blocking Banks' car on the traffic stop, driving recklessly and failing to use his blue lights during the chase. He also failed to notify dispatch of the pursuit. Jaemes also deactivated his body and dash cameras.

Officer Chris Nowell violated radio, pursuit and body camera policies. He failed to notify dispatch of the traffic stop and deactivated his body camera until after the shooting. Nowell received a 20-day unpaid suspension.

Officer Michael Williams violated radio, pursuit, body camera and weapons policies. He failed to get permission for a pursuit, deactivated his body camera and two rounds of his ammo were missing. Williams received a 20-day unpaid suspension.

Banks' legal team says its saddened by these results.

"It was our belief all of these officers should have been terminated. We remain hopeful all will be indicted for attempted murder by the Shelby County District Attorney's Office."

Lieutenant Charles Mowery was the fourth officer involved. He received a 5-day suspension for not activating his body camera, though he arrived on scene after Banks was shot.

The TBI released the results of its' investigation to the Shelby County District Attorney's office last month.

We haven’t received any comments from the office yet.

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