Teen looks to clear name after run in with police - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney.

Teen looks to clear name after run in with police

A case of mistaken identity landed a Memphis teen in a cast and in trouble with the law.  Now, 14-year-old Darrell Briggs is looking to clear his name.

In preparation for trial, Briggs had to go to court to talk about his grades and his hobbies. He is accused of pushing a police officer, but he also has accusations of his own.  

On an otherwise empty sidewalk after meeting with juvenile court officials Wednesday, a group of local activists surrounded Briggs.

"If I learn how to do genetic engineering, I realized I can learn how to remove diseases," Briggs said.

Briggs was injured when he was arrested, and charged with disorderly conduct and assault. According to a police report, officers were called about a suspicious male at a bus stop.

The responding officer accused Briggs of mouthing off, pushing him, and resisting arrest.

Briggs' friends and family said the charges are bogus.

"What was suspicious about him? Was it his color? Because he did not have any weapon. He did have any drug paraphernalia. He had not been drinking," Rev. Dwight Montgomery said.

Briggs' attorney accused the officer of lying.

"Excessive force was used to take this young man down. He was falsely arrested," defense attorney Arthur Horne said.

Memphis Police have opened an internal affairs investigation. Meanwhile, Briggs awaits his day in juvenile court without worry.

"This isn't really nothing that I'm really going to let get in the way of my life's progress," Briggs said.

Action News 5 left a message with Memphis Police to try to find out the status of that internal investigation. We have not heard back just yet.

A court date has not been set for Darrell Briggs.

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