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5 MPD officers suspended after video footage shows misconduct


Five Memphis police officers have been suspended after surveillance video was released showing the officers forcing a man to the ground during an arrest.

However, MPD said the arrest isn't the only thing that played a role in the officers being suspended.

The incident happened almost a year ago, in November 2015, at a gas station on Horn Lake Road, but the video was just released--showing what actually took place at that gas station between a man and police officers.

Many people are pointing at the incident as proof there is a desperate need for body cameras.

Police said Cartrell Williams was pulled over in a Chevy pickup truck. Police said they were searching for a suspect matching his description who reportedly waved a gun during a road rage incident.

When the officers pulled Williams over, they realized Williams was not the man they were looking for. Still, they threw him to the ground during the traffic stop.

Police said the officers used unnecessary force on Williams. The five officers involved in the incident faced disciplinary action.

Benjamin Huffs, the officer seen in the video with his foot on Williams' back, was put on suspended leave without pay for 30 days.

According to the report, three of the officers were disciplined for not reporting improper conduct.

Sgt. Lorenzo Young was disciplined for violating compliance of regulations.

MPD officials released a statement regarding the incident:

"This is an example that should remind the public and officers alike that improper conduct from our officers will not be tolerated."

In the reports, it shows differences between officers' statements and the video footage.

"This incident points to the importance of having body cameras on our officers," MPD said.

Many Memphians agree the need for body cameras is critical.

"Whenever an incident occurs, you're going to see it first hand on the body camera, just to keep everybody else safe," Mariana Guiton said.

MPD officials said their goal is to have all officers equipped with body cameras before the end of the year. 

"These cameras will serve as a tool to protect our officers and the citizens we serve," MPD said.

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