MEMPHIS, August 25, 2016 – A Memphis man is alleging that not only was he the victim of police brutality last year, but also that the Memphis Police Department is hiding the videotape of the incident.
Kantrel Williams said he was getting gas at a local EZ Mart in Memphis just after 10PM on November 5, 2015 when a set of Memphis Police Department vehicles also pulled into the area.
“Get on the ground,” Williams said he remembers one of the police officers yelling.
“Who are you talking to?” Williams said he responded.
Williams says that before he had a chance to get his bearings,police threw him to the ground then kicked, stabbed and repeatedly beat him.
Finally, with Williams lying defenseless on his stomac,h he said one the officers pressed his knee on the back of his neck.
“Quit resisting,” the officer said while continuing to press his knee into Williams’ neck.
But Williams said he was in no position to resist and responded, “I can’t breathe.”
Finally, the officers placed hand cuffs on Williams and placed him in the back of a squad car.
Williams said he then pleaded with the officers and name dropped several police officers who were friends of his.
After a few more minutes, the officers huddled up and then came back apologized and let him go.
According to the corresponding police report, Memphis Police Department officers detained Williams because he matched the description of an individual involved in an incident of road rage.
“On 11/05/15 at 22:12 hours Officer Stewart responded to an intimidation at Lakeview/Craft. Victim advised he was traveling alone behind a Gold Chevy. Victim advised he attempted to pass at which point the driver of the vehicle swerved over to prevent the victim from passing. Once at the stop sign the driver put the vehicle in reverse and the passenger exited. The victim stated it looked like the passenger was pointing a gun at him.”
Shortly after, according to the report, the victim called the police and the alleged perpetrators fled.
Williams said that while was also traveling with a passenger in a Chevy, his car is silver not gold, and no one in his car had a gun.
One of the people Wiliams mentioned to the officers was Randy Wade, a twenty five year veteran of a nearby police department.
Wade told CDN that he has been helping Williams since the incident, and even spoke to Tony Armstrong who headed the Memphis Police Department at the time of the incident but has since retired.
Wade told CDN that Armstrong confided to him that he had seen the tape of the incident that night.
“Randy, it doesn’t look good,” Wade said Armstrong told him.
Armstrong has declined media interviews.
A call to the Organized Crime Unit, where the responding officer works, was left unreturned.
Williams provided CDN with a video of the manager of the EZ Mart saying in the weeks immediately following the incident, two sets of police officers confiscated tapes from the store, and they still have not been made public.
Williams said he is going public now with his story because he believes the Memphis Police Department is trying to bury the videotape.
Ursulla Madden, a spokesperson for the Memphis Mayor’s Office, said the behavior of the Police is standard practice. She said, “I’ve looked into the situation and the investigation is ongoing. Once the investigation is complete the tape will be released.”
A source told CDN the investigation is complete. The source provided a case number for the incident, 120-15-055.
Madden, however, said the information is inaccurate and repeated that the investigation was still not complete.