Caught on camera: Memphis police officer stomps suspect - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Caught on camera: Memphis police officer stomps suspect

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - "It kind of looked like a cheap shot to me," Memphis attorney Arthur Horne said about footage of a Memphis police officer stomping his foot on a suspect's back. "He was on the ground, face-down, handcuffed...so, it does look to be a little bit excessive."
     
Action News 5 photojournalist Juan De La Fuente captured the confrontation while on his way to LeMoyne-Owen College on Friday afternoon. Police activity in the neighborhood caught his eye, and he began filming.
    
"And the question really becomes, had he not realized he was being videotaped, would it have been worse?," said Horne.
     
The attorney is in the process of suing Memphis Police on behalf of late transgender prostitute Duanna Johnson, who was beaten by an officer in the booking area of the jail in an unrelated incident.
    
Horne says proving excessive force is always a challenge if the circumstances surrounding the confrontation are unknown.

"But I can guarantee you the police department will have a very different response, as to whether it was excessive or not," he said. "I know they probably wouldn't think it was."
    
Action News 5 plans to provide a copy of the video to the Memphis Police Department. Director Larry Godwin may determine whether an internal investigation needs to proceed. 

The police department has no comment at this time.


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