Teen files formal complaint after alleged incident with police - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Teen files formal complaint after alleged incident with police

Darell Briggs Darell Briggs

After he was injured during a run in with Memphis police earlier in the week, the Southern Christian Leadership Council spoke out Friday against how 14-year-old Darell Briggs was treated in the custody of police officers.

S.C.L.C. President Dwight Montgomery escorted Briggs and his mother to the Memphis Police Internal Affairs office Friday. 
 
"This is nothing, really," Briggs said. "There's nothing on me that hasn't hurt before, only now I'm going to be able to do something about it."
 
Briggs was filing a complaint against Memphis Police officers who arrested him Wednesday while he waited at this bus stop on Bellevue.  The 14-year-old says officers mistook him for a 21-year-old suspect and injured him when he failed to cooperate.
 
"This was actually a racist act," Montgomery said. "It was racial profiling. How can you say this man looked suspicious and you're at a bus stop?"

After hearing his story, Montgomery reached out to the teenager and his family. 

"SCLC is going to go through this process with them and we do expect the Memphis Police Department to do the right thing," he said.

"I thank God that I have him, because the pain that I'm experiencing for what happened to my child I cannot explain," said Darell's mother, Laquetta.

Briggs said appreciates the community's concern, but he prefers support over sympathy.

"Don't cry for me all right, because this is nothing," he said.  "I don't want my mom to cry for me either, because I don't like seeing her like this."

Briggs said he sees a hidden blessing in what happened. It's taught him how many people care about him and how far they're willing to go to help.

Briggs was charged with assault and resisting arrest.  Memphis police say they are aware of the case and will investigate, but could not comment further until a formal complaint was filed.  That was done Friday.


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