MPD launches internal investigation into arrests captured on Facebook video

MPD launches internal investigation into arrests captured on Facebook video

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Memphis police are conducting an internal investigation after an arrest video began circulating on Facebook over the weekend.

According to a police report, officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a home on Wedgewood Street around 4:30 Sunday afternoon. Police say Landero Lurry was threatening to hurt his wife and vandalize the home, and when officers tried to take him into custody he said, “I will not make this easy today.”

The report says Lurry punched one officer who called for backup. Two more showed up and tackled Lurry to the ground, but police say the struggle continued while trying to get him into the squad car.

According to the police report, Lurry spit in an officer’s face, and by the end of it, one officer had a bruise under his eye and another had bruises on his hands.

During the incident, the police report says family members caused a disturbance, yelling, cussing and refusing to stay back. Several were detained, resulting in two juvenile summons and two misdemeanor citations for disorderly conduct.

One person on the scene recorded the incident and the video was later posted to Facebook. At the time of this writing, the post has been shared several thousand times.

WARNING: The video contains strong language and exchanges that could be disturbing to some viewers.

THIS IS DIRTY THEY ARRESTED HER FOR RECORDING THEM BEATING HIM #MEMPHIS I HAD TO DOWNLOAD IT IN CASE THEY REMOVE IT PLUS YOU COULDN'T COMMENT...I'VE RECEIVED NUMEROUS TAGS AND INBOXES WE'RE SHARING AND GOING LIVE TONIGHT AT 12:30AM I'M AT WORK

Posted by Barbara Buress on Sunday, January 3, 2021

In the video, the person recording the incident claims officers “beat” a man with handcuffs, but the video doesn’t show the initial encounter with police.

The video ends with what appears to be officers taking the person recording the incident into custody, but it’s not clear why.

A spokesperson for MPD says the department’s Inspectional Services Bureau is reviewing the incident.

“Due to the fact that this incident was not recorded from the initial contact between the officers and suspect, and all actions taken by all parties were not recorded by the individual recording this incident, additional review is necessary in order to get a clearer image of what occurred,” said Lt. Louis Brownlee.

Brownlee went on to say if an officer is found in violation of MPD policy, “corrective action will be taken.”

WMC asked if the officers’ body cameras were on and recording during the incident but we have not heard back.

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