EXCLUSIVE: DA speaks about Jonathon Bratcher's TBI file - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

EXCLUSIVE: DA speaks about Jonathon Bratcher's TBI file

Jonathon Bratcher (Source: SCSO) Jonathon Bratcher (Source: SCSO)
Clement Marks (left) and Alexander Fleites (right) (Source: MPD) Clement Marks (left) and Alexander Fleites (right) (Source: MPD)

Shelby County District Attorney's Office will soon decide whether to press charges against two Memphis police officers accused of shooting and killing Jonathon Bratcher in Memphis.

Police officers said Bratcher opened fire on officers Clement Marks and Alexander Fleites while trying to escape from them in January 2016.

The complete TBI file was handed over to the district attorney's office on Thursday, after almost four months of investigating. Now, many people are wondering whether the file will become public following the precedent set with the release of the Darrius Stewart case file.

On Friday, Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich spoke exclusively with WMC Action News 5.

"Our office will begin the process of reviewing it," Weirich said.

Weirich said her office is now tasked with going page-by-page through the file to see whether the two Memphis police officers will face charges or not. 

"Reading every page of the file, looking at photographs, looking at everything that the TBI has spent the last several months gathering," Weirich said.

The WMC Action News 5 investigators discovered that Bratcher's cause of death, according to his death certificate, was a gunshot wound to the back of his head.

"I'm not going to put a timeline on this. It is going to be reviewed thoroughly," Weirich said.

Weirich said reviewing the file likely won't take as long as it took to review the Darrius Stewart case. She said the Stewart case was the first of its kind under the new memorandum of understanding that the TBI would investigate all officer-involved shootings.

A chancery court judge will have to decide if the TBI file will be made public after the district attorney general finishes reviewing it. 

Bratcher's family said they are still waiting for answers.

"What was the officer was thinking? What was he thinking when he was shooting," said Bratcher's brother, William Green, who thinks the TBI file should be made public. "So we can finally get some closure because we still demand justice."

Bratcher's family attorney, Carlos Moore, released a statement Friday:

"The family is pleased that the DA Amy Weirich has received the TBI file and will review it to see if presentation to a Grand Jury is warranted. We remain hopeful that the process will remain transparent and that justice will be served. Secrecy will only increase doubt and speculation. The TBI file should be made public after the DA completes her review and any Grand Jury proceeding."

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