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This afternoon I accompanied Ms. Shirley Wilson mother of Reginald Pointer who was shot and killed last Tuesday to N.J. Fords And Sons Funeral Home. Wilson's son was shot down by undercover police officer Jerry Hampton who along with his partner Louis Brown gave chase to Pointer after Fed-Ex security guards who also were were chasing the 24 year old stated that it seemed he was prowling cars parked on Tchulahoma Street. Ms. Wilson was also accompanied by several family members who requested that I take pictures of Pointer to be placed on this site so that the truth about his death could not be covered up.
Looking at the body of Reginald Pointer I now understand why the Memphis Police Department has issued no statement concerning the shooting. It's very apparent that Pointer was not only shot but beaten. But what lead to the use of deadly force by officer Hampton? Sources out of 201 Poplar told me on last Wednesday that the shooting could not be justified and that Pointer had no weapon on him or any device that could be used to break in cars. So why is he dead?
It's an unwritten policy among police officers that if they have to chase you,you have to go to the MED because you will be issued a ass whupping. The left side of Pointer's face is badly swollen plus you can see bruises around the left side of his forehead and eye. There is also bruises in his chest,Left side, And his left and right arms are both swollen and bruised.
The bullet from the 40 caliber Sig that MPD officers carry at close range would go through a body but there is no exit wound so I'm lead to believe that Pointer was being beaten and got loose and ran and was shot down by Hampton. The wound to the left arm shows that the bullet grazed the arm prior to entering Pointer's body. So is it possible that Hampton shot Pointer because he tried to get away from the beating that he was receiving,Especially since it had not been proven that he had committed any crime.Because surely Pointer wasn't beaten after he was shot.
Is it possible that the bruises and the swollen spots on the body of Reginald Pointer come from night sticks or maybe from being stomped? Either way with MPD officers and FEDEX security present there was no reason for deadly force to be used on the 5"5 125 pound 24 year old. From the appearance of the body he was no threat to the officers,So why is he dead?
Is the struggle that the officers state was made by Pointer one where he was trying to save his own life? Is it one of survival where he was being beaten and just wanted to get away? Where's the reason for deadly force? We all know that if MPD had a way to clear this Black police officer who shot down a Black man in cold blood those facts and evidence would have been submitted by now.
This is a case of police brutality that is being condoned by Police Director Larry Godwin and mayor Willie Herenton. Because if they didn't condone the act we would have heard from them by now. Maybe they thought that because of the Lester Street pictures that I would not be able to get pictures out of N.J. Fords funeral home and that the truth about the killing would be buried on this Saturday when the 24 year old is laid to rest.
MR.MAYOR HOW MANY MORE DEATHS AND COVER UPS WILL YOU ALLOW BEFORE YOU STEP UP TO THE PLATE AND REALLY PROVE THAT YOU DON'T HAVE A PUNK BONE IN YOUR BODY?
Posted by Thaddeus Augustus Matthews