The family of Gershun Freeman is on the road to receiving justice.
They eventually restrained Freeman – using knee placement on the back of his neck as a tactic – and put handcuffs on him while he laid on his stomach. Shortly after, Freeman’s body appears to be unresponsive, CNN reports.
According to a medical examiner’s report, Bonner says the victim had “psychosis and cardiovascular disease and died of a heart attack while being restrained.” Freeman’s family attorneys allege he was also hit with handcuffs, rings with jail keys on them, and pepper spray canisters. While his death was ruled a homicide by the West Tennessee Regional Forensic Center, the report says that this “is not meant to definitively indicate criminal intent.”
The city of Memphis has been under a microscope since the brutal death of Tyre Nichols at the hands of five Black police officers. Bonner, who is running for mayor of Memphis, said he is “standing with the officers.” “I find this prosecution despicable,” Bonner said.
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Source: Black Enterprise