“I have to stand here knowing that I know, but there are some procedures (so) I can’t say what I know,” Wharton said. “That perplexes me.”
Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong reported that the officer involved in the shooting has been relieved of his duties with pay as the investigation continues.
Wharton expressed that he is outraged over the repeated offenses of misconduct involving the police department and city government officials.
Last week, federal charges were filed against another Memphis police officer accused of transporting prostitutes between Memphis and Tunica. Since 2003, over 40 Memphis police officers and departmental employees have faced charges in a variety of crimes.
“With respect to discipline, in those cases when it’s found that an officer particularly, but also any employee, has run afoul of the law or (police department) policy, that even minor infractions will not be tolerated,” Wharton said.
The Memphis Black Autonomy Federation said they are fed up with the corruption inside the Memphis Police Department and their continual misuse of deadly force.
“The Memphis Police Department has a culture of violence and corruption, which has resulted in the deaths of nine people so far this year, including Justin Thompson. His death is a result of the criminalization of black youth by politicians and cops,” the organization wrote in a public statement condemning the murder.
The MBAF is inviting residents to rally together at the city council meeting on Tuesday, October 2 at City Hall to address the violations against the civil rights of citizens. The organization said they will continue to hold demonstrations at government offices across the city until justice is served for Thompson and others who have been killed at the hands of police officers.