Anti-police group vandalizes billboards near site where cop was killed

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MEMPHIS, TN – A group calling themselves a guerrilla activist art collective defaced two billboards with anti-police messages near the location where Officer Darrell Adams was killed while investigating a crash.

On Monday night, a radical group called INDECLINE defaced two defaced Geico Insurance billboards along Interstate 40 eastbound near Watkins and I-40 west just north of Levee Road.

The signs featuring the famous Gecko were altered from “Geico, see all the ways you could save” to read “Defund the Police, see all the lives you could save.”

The Memphis Police Association expressed anger that the stunt played out near where an officer gave his life in the performance of his duties. Essica Cage-Rosario, President of The Memphis Police Association, said:

“People are free to have those discussions about defunding the police, but to be honest this isn’t the time or week for me to entertain such discussions.”

Rosario said that’s because MPD Officer Adams lost his life over the weekend in the area where these signs are located.

“He was serving this. He was working and he was killed while doing his job. And to put up a sign in the same area, like I said, it’s insensitive.”

In a press release, INDECLINE compared getting rid of police to getting rid of slavery:

“When we talk about abolishing police, we mean it’s past time to reimagine the system in its entirety. Remember, it was once impossible for many Americans to imagine a country not organized around slavery.”

MPA Steward and MPD Officer John Covington said the group had the right to express their opinion, and that the police were too busy to worry about the billboards:

“They’re entitled to that opinion, but that’s not where we are realistically as far as the crime that we’re fighting here in Memphis and, obviously, police are a big part that fight.”

City council members Patrice Robinson and Frank Colvett said the billboards sends the wrong. Robinson said:

“Defunding the police is not what we mean, and we don’t want people to think that’s what we mean. What we really mean is we want to invest more in our young people and people who need support.”

Colvett pointed to all the heroic acts the police have performed protecting the community, and said law enforcement needs support:

“When the sad tragedy happened in Collierville, they raced into the building to try to solve the problem, when the shooting at (Cummings School) K-12 happened and recent home invasion of a Rhodes student, it’s the Memphis Police Department that needs our support.

“Not only fund the needs they (police) have, but also recruit and be able to recruit and get the numbers we all know the experts have said to get us to a (safer) city.”

Officer Adams was investigating a two-vehicle crash along I-40 and North Watkins when he was struck by a semi-truck. Adams had been with the department for five years.

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Where’s Black Lives Matter? Suspected shooter sought after four-year-old boy killed in Memphis

April 8, 2021

 

MEMPHIS, TN — Memphis police are asking for the publics help in locating the suspect who fatally shot a four-year-old boy while he was inside a vehicle over the weekend. 

According to reports, on Saturday night, April 3rd, the child was in a car with several adults, when a gunshot was fired, that inadvertently struck the little boy. 

Police stated that the boy was driven to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. 

WKRN reported that detectives said they determined there was a dispute between the gunman, identified as Terrell Woods, and a man inside the vehicle. Woods fired, striking and killing the four-year-old child, according to investigators.

At this time, Woods has not been located by authorities. 

Police are urging anyone with information to contact Memphis Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

Unfortunately, Tennessee is not the only state to lose a four-year-old child recently. 

In Louisville, Kentucky, a four-year-old child is the latest victim to gun violence.

According to Louisville Metro Police Department spokesperson, Alicia Smiley, around midnight on Saturday, April 3rd, officers were called to the shooting in the 4000 block of Parthenia Avenue. 

When officers arrived, they found a four-year-old who had been shot. The child was pronounced dead the scene, Wave3 reported.

The child’s gender was not immediately available.

Anyone with information is asked to call the anonymous Crime Tip Hotline at 502-574-LMPD (5673).

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Tennessee gun bill advances: ‘Everyone needs to have a gun’ – ‘We are making Tennessee a safer place’

March 5, 2021

NASHVILLE, TN— Legislators in Tennessee have been trying to push a bill through that would allow residents of the state to carry a gun without a permit, and now it looks like it will be moving through both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly.

The Legislation is being spearheaded by Governor Bill Lee under the ‘Constitutional Carry’ title. Should it pass, it will allow residents of Tennessee, who are over the age of 21, open carry and conceal carry a gun without a permit, WKRN reported.

House Republican Majority Leader William Lamberth said:

“I can guarantee you we are making Tennessee a safer place tomorrow than it is today,” 

While Republicans are pushing to protect the Second Amendment that many Democrats seem to keep trying to take away, they are also pushing for harsher penalties for those who commit gun crimes, thus attempting to make citizens safer. 

Lamberth said:

“We are adding penalties and increasing the penalties dramatically for anyone that steals a gun, anyone that’s using a gun improperly, felons in possession of guns,”

Democrats disagree with the efforts of the Republicans however, and feel as though there are no safeguards in place to protect the residents of Tennessee. 

House Democratic caucus leader Vincent Dixie said:

“Democrats aren’t against guns; we’re not trying to take guns away from anyone. We just want to make sure that people that have guns…they have been trained on them and they know how to use them responsibly,” 

Republicans feel as though they are attempting to keep guns in the hands of honest individuals, and keep them away from criminals, while their Democratic opponents are attempting to use scare tactics. 

Lamberth said:

“We’re trying to keep guns out of the hands of bad guys and keep them in the hands of the good guys,” 

Some law enforcement leaders, including the Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association, are opposing the efforts, WKRN reported. Currently Tennessee law requires a class to be taken in order to receive a handgun carry permit.

There are strong feelings about this legislation on both sides of the fence. 

Nashville resident Brett Marker said:

“There should be some sort of regulation,” 

He went on to say:

“I’m not saying that you should just take guns away, but there should be some sort of oversight.”

Even tourists visiting Tennessee have weighed in on the legislation. 

Scott Larson, a Northern California tourist, said:

“I think it should be a nationwide policy, I don’t think the government should be allowed to control people’s right to defend themselves,” 

With the Republican supermajority, the bill, which will also allow members of the military between the ages of 18 and 20 to carry without permits, will likely pass and become law.

Dixie said:

“If the bill does pass I encourage my constituents to go get your gun — that’s what I encourage you to do — everyone needs to have a gun,” 

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