West Memphis councilwoman speaks out about child's death in June police shooting - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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West Memphis councilwoman speaks out about child's death in June police shooting

Friday, a West Memphis City Council member spoke out about the death of a 12-year-old boy shot to death by a West Memphis police officer in June.
       
West Memphis councilwoman Lorraine Robinson isn't afraid to speak her mind.  Robinson recently lashed out at the West Memphis mayor and police chief, saying not enough was being done about the death of 12-year-old DeAunta Farrow.
 
For her actions and words, Robinson says, she was berated in the local paper.  "Some people are writing I'm acting like an idiot.  Some people are writing I should go stick my head in a hole because the only thing I'm showing is my tail," she said.

Robinson hopes the investigation into Farrow's death proves Officer Erik Sammis is guilty.  She claims West Memphis police have a history of brutality, with this being the worst case.

"We've gone to internal affairs many different times on various police officers," she said. "I've even taken citizens to the internal affairs investigator.  I've gone to Chief Paudert concerning the abuse of West Memphis police officers."

And, according to Robinson, the alleged abuse isn't limited to one race.  "I've had white people complain to me about police officers as well."

Police Chief Bob Paudert didn't want to go on camera, but said he does not recall any specific case brought forth by Robinson.
  
Robinson isn't apologizing for speaking her mind, but she is apologizing for what happened to DeAunta Farrow and his family, and what his death has done to the community.

"I would like to see closure, justice, and healing for our community," she said.

Two special prosecutors has been assigned to look into the death of DeAunta Farrow.  The investigation is still days, if not weeks away from being completed.


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