About 30 protesters gathered near the Ridgeway Station precinct of the Memphis Police Department late Sunday afternoon for a second day of demonstrations, a day after four men were arrested in an incident MPD said is under review by district commanders.
Amid chants of “We are here and we will be heard” and “We own this city, Memphis is ours,” the protesters, including activists LJ Abraham and Hunter Demster, stood in solidarity with Jamil Ibrahim, whose family said he was beaten was Saturday by the Memphis Police Department. The demonstrators blocked a tow truck from entering the police station parking lot.
“I will never call the police again,” said Ibrahim Mahmoud, one of the arrested men and a brother of Jamil Ibrahim. “Now I am afraid for my life and for everyone around me. They are taking their power overboard. The power of the (police) is to protect people, not to go in there and attack them.”
According to family, Ibrahim and his siblings were working at their warehouse on Winchester Road and Kirby Parkway when Ibrahim found bullets behind the building. Ibrahim called MPD around noon on Saturday, and when they arrived, an officer misspelled his name and brought up another man who they said had an active warrant.
Ibrahim was charged with two counts of assault against a first responder, allegations that the family’s claims were fabricated by the responding officer. He was taken to Regional One Hospital on Saturday, where family said he had stitches on his forehead.
Three other men – Mahmoud, Moamen Saad Hijaz and Salim Ibrahim – were also arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Relatives said Hijaz and Salim Ibrahim were arrested for filming the arrest.
Mahmoud said the family plans to take legal action against the Memphis Police Department and “commit our respect”.
“If they do it to me, they’re going to do it to you, they’re going to do it to you, they’re going to do it to him,” said Mahmoud. “It doesn’t stop.”
On Sunday, Mahmoud said Jamil Ibrahim was back in a hospital in Germantown on Sunday morning because he had “shoulder and back problems” and “difficulty breathing”. Mahmoud added that he is not sure about Ibrahim’s current condition.
Salim Ibrahim said he and Hijaz were both released on their own at around 2am Sunday. Mahmoud was also released after his admission and Jamil Ibrahim posted bail, both on May 28, according to the criminal justice portal.
Mahmoud, Hijaz and Salim Ibrahim attended Sunday’s protest. Mahmoud and Salim Ibrahim are the brothers of Jamil Ibrahim and Hijaz is their cousin.
Family members were joined by about 20 other people at a protest outside 201 Poplar on Saturday night. The family said they will not release the video until legal advice is obtained.
Video, taken by bystanders at the warehouse and shown to reporters from The Commercial Appeal, shows Jamil Ibrahim holding his arms behind his back when a female officer appears to be attempting to handcuff him by wrapping her arms around him.
When another officer enters the warehouse, the two officers appear to grab Jamil Ibrahim’s arms and push him into boxes. As the officers appear to further handcuff Jamil Ibrahim, a male officer appears to hit Jamil Ibrahim on the head and later appears to place his hands around Jamil Ibrahim’s throat. Another bystander also appears in the video to try and break up the officers and Jamil Ibrahim, but is pushed away.
All four men have scheduled hearings Tuesday morning, according to the family and the Shelby County Justice Portal.
Lucas Finton contributed to this report.
This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: Protesters rally at Ridgeway Station over incident under MPD review