3 arrested amid scuffle with police on Beale Street

3 arrested amid scuffle with police on Beale Street

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Three people were arrested after an altercation with police on Beale Street.

The events started around 2 a.m. when a crowd of people became disorderly, according to Memphis police officers.

After a surge of people cleared off the street, officers closed the entrance and didn't allow anyone else to enter.

According to the police report, one woman approached the entrance and yelled “I’m from Chicago!” before jumping on the hood of a police cruiser.

Officers arrested the woman, 23-year-old Shelby Anthony. She's charged with vandalism and disorderly conduct.

“Around this time we have what we call the invasion of Chicago, a lot of people from Chicago come to Memphis around the Memorial Day weekend which we appreciate,” Berlin Boyd said.

City Council member Berlin Boyd was one of 7 Memphis City Council Members who voted in favor of reinstituting the embattled Beale Street cover charge temporarily on Fridays and Saturdays in May, plus the 16th, 26th and 27th.

“Our goal was to reduce the possibility of something catastrophically happening on Beale Street,” Boyd said.

After her Anthony’s actions, police officers on horseback were called in to disperse the crowd.

That's when, police say, one man began cursing and threatening the officers and swung at one of the horses.

3 arrested amid scuffle with police on Beale Street

Police jumped in to arrest this man when his brother came in to fend off the officers.

A struggle ensued, which led to officers punching one of the brothers in the face several times.

The two brothers. Justin and Jarred Penn, were both taken to jail. Justin is charged with disorderly conduct; Jarred is charged with disorderly conduct, interfering with an officer serving process, and public intoxication.

Videos posted on Facebook show long lines outside checkpoints to get onto Beale.

“Ultimately it’s our goal to make sure that we can make Beale Street as safe and successful as possible,” Boyd said.

He also says the Memphis city council will have a robust conversation about safety on the street and more permanent solutions during next month’s meeting.

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