Black Autonomy Federation: Memphis leads nation in use of deadly force by police, activists charge


Justin Thompson Justin Thompson, 15, was shot to death in September 2012 by an off-duty Memphis police officer

Memphis, Tenn. – The U.S. Justice Department is taking action to curb the use of deadly force by police in Albuquerque, N.M., but deadly force by police in Memphis, Tenn., is the worst in the country, according to a citizens’ watchdog group.

Black Autonomy Federation, has asked the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate “a pattern or practice” of misconduct by the Memphis Police Department. Memphis police killed 23 people in 2012 and 2013 – the largest number of people killed by police in this time period in America, the federation maintains.



In Albuquerque, police officers have killed 23 people in the last four years.

Memphis, the poorest big city in America, is a majority Black city. “We can only wonder if this is the reason why…

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