Daily Mail Bests CA on Shooting

There’s a big story on the shooting death last night in Frayser in the Daily Mail. They had more than the CA (which had nothing for this morning’s edition) and the morning’s Daily Memphian.

Here is the headline: “Memphis honors student and father-of-two, 20, who was ‘killed by cops in hail of 20 bullets in his front yard’ – sparking huge overnight riots with furious protesters pelting police officers with bricks and bottles, leaving 25 injured”

The subheads:

The violent clashes broke out after Brandon Webber, 20, was shot and killed by officers on Wednesday in Memphis, Tennessee
Officers went to Webber’s home to arrest him for outstanding felony warrants
They said they saw Webber get into a vehicle and that he then proceed to ram task force vehicles several times before exiting with a weapon
The officers opened fire on Webber outside his home and he died at the scene
Webber’s family claim as many as 20 shots were fired during the incident but officers won’t confirm
Webber, who is a father of at least two, was an honors student who graduated from Memphis Central High School in 2017 and was enrolled at the University of Memphis
The mother of his toddler son was reportedly in labor in hospital when Webber was killed
Shocking photos show armed police facing off with an angry crowd as the streets descended into chaos following the fatal shooting
At least 25 officers were injured as protesters threw rocks and bricks at officers

By George Martin For Mailonline

Violent clashes between police and protesters broke out in the streets of a working-class Memphis neighborhood after a 20-year-old black man was shot dead by U.S. Marshals during an attempted arrest in his family’s front yard.

The violent clashes broke out after Brandon Webber was shot and killed by officers on Wednesday night as they tried to arrest him for outstanding felony warrants outside his home in Frayser in North Memphis.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations said officers went to the home at about 7pm to look for Webber who had outstanding felony warrants.

Officers said they saw Webber get into a vehicle and that he then proceed to ram task force vehicles several times before exiting with a weapon. Marshals then opened fire on Webber. He died at the scene, according to officers.

The Bureau would not say how many marshals fired or how many times Webber was shot. They have also refused to say what the felony warrants were.

His father, Sonny Webber, said his son was shot between 16 and 20 times.

Webber, who had a history of arrests on minor drug-related and driving charges, was the eldest of eight children and had two young children of his own – a two-year-old boy and a newborn daughter.

He was described as an honors student who graduated from Memphis Central High School in 2017 and was enrolled at the University of Memphis.

The mother of his toddler son was in labor in hospital when Webber was killed. She filmed an emotional Facebook Live video crying in her hospital bed after hearing the news. She is pregnant with Webber’s third child.

Public records show that Webber was arrested five times, for driving violations and on charges that included possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana.

Shortly before he was shot on Wednesday, Webber posted a live video on Facebook that showed him in a car, rapping and apparently smoking a marijuana cigarette. In the video, he looked out the window and said he saw police. With a laugh, he looked directly into the camera and said the officers would ‘have to kill me.’

The video appeared to have been removed from his Facebook page late Thursday morning.

In the hours after his death, friends flooded Webber’s Facebook page with messages of love, grief, disbelief and outrage at the authorities responsible for his death.

‘He was loving and a very sweet kind person,’ Diamond Butler, who has known Webber since middle school, told DailyMail.com. ‘I just want everybody to know he was a caring person. He took care of his kids.’

Alorea Hardwick, the mother of his toddler son, was reportedly in labor in hospital when Webber was killed. It is not yet clear if she is pregnant with Webber’s child. Webber had two young children – a two-year-old boy with Alorea and a newborn daughter.

Shocking photos show armed police facing off with an angry crowd as the streets descended into chaos following the fatal shooting with hundreds of riot-gear clad officers called into to quell the unrest.

At least two dozen police officers and two journalists were injured during the confrontation. Six officers were taken to hospital suffering mostly minor injuries.

It was not clear how many civilians were hurt but three people were arrested.

Officers cordoned off several blocks near the scene as people threw rocks and bricks at law enforcement during the tense clash.

By 11pm, officers had used tear gas and most of the crowd dispersed.

Officers on horseback patrolled the area and lines of police cars with flashing blue lights were parked along the street. An ambulance could be seen at the outer edge of the scene. A helicopter flew overhead as police cars trickled away.

Residential streets remained blocked and a heavy police presence remained in the area on Thursday morning.

In identifying Webber on Twitter early Thursday, Shelby County Commissioner and mayoral candidate Tami Sawyer said ‘Every life lost should matter…every single one. How many times will this be ok? It cannot continue to be.’

Memphis police officers were called in to help with crowd control as word of the shooting spread on social media.

Lots of pictures accompany the storyhttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7136263/Police-shooting-Tennessee-leads-anger-chaos.html

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