Early morning Beale Street sweeps remain unconstitutional - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Early morning Beale Street sweeps remain unconstitutional

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A federal appeals court upheld a ruling that Memphis police can no longer clear people off the iconic street Beale Street, except for instances of threats to public safety.

The Commercial Appeal reports that a three-member panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued its ruling Monday to uphold U.S. District Judge Jon McCalla’s decision.

For years, police officers performed the crowd management strategy known as the “Beale Street Sweep,” usually in the early morning hours during weekends.

In 2015, McCalla made a ruling ending the "sweeps" to clear people off Beale or push them into clubs.

The issues stem for a 2013 lawsuit filed by a MPD officer and an ATF agent who said they were arrested during a Beale Street sweep.

Attorney Robert Spence filed a lawsuit against the City of Memphis and six Memphis police officers on behalf of Memphis police officer and former University of Memphis football player, LaKendus Cole and ATF agent Leon Edmond.

Spence said the men were off duty on Beale Street in August 2012 when they were caught up in a sweep by law enforcement.

Those charges were eventually dropped.

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