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Questions surround police brutality claims by man accused of shooting officer

Daniel Jefferson (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office) Daniel Jefferson (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office)

Daniel Jefferson, 29, is accused of shooting a Memphis police officer, but he is now making claims of police brutality following his high-profile arrest. 

Jefferson was taken into custody Thursday after the shooting of Organized Crime Unit officer Robert Armour.

Armour was shot in the leg, and is expected to make a full recovery. Jefferson has made claims of physical abuse, water boarding, and other wrongdoing at the hands of Memphis police officers.

He was taken to the Raines' police station following the arrest, and claims that is where he was abused.

"And then they took me in a back room, when you go in to the left," said Jefferson. "They started beating me with chairs and little plastic ping pong paddles." 

Jefferson's claims cannot be disproved at this time. An MPD spokeswoman confirms the video system inside of the Raines' precinct presently does not have the capability to record. 

"They took him to the hospital because they beat him," said Jefferson's mother Angelia Hill.

Paul Garner with the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center says this is just one example of why video evidence is so important.

“We don't know what happened because there weren't cameras watching," said Garner. "If there is not a record of what happened, then the public is going to ask questions because they have the right to."

With claims ranging from water boarding to punches, many question their validity.

President of the Memphis Police Association Michael Williams doesn't see why officers would use abusive tactics. 

"You have people everywhere, and I don't believe that would be allowed to happen," said Williams.

MPD released the following statement: 

"Although we have not received a formal complaint from Daniel Jefferson or a representative, we have initiated an investigation into the allegations."

Jefferson is charged with attempted first-degree murder, employment of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and convicted felon in possession of a handgun. He is due in court Monday.

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