MEMPHIS, Tenn. –– Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump and co-counsel Jake Brown and Brice Timmons released a statement in response to the indictments of 9 officers in the in-custody death of Gershun Freeman.
Stevon Jones and Courtney Parham have been charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon acting in concert. Stevon Jones is also individually charged with assault. Anthony Howell, Chelsey Duckett, Ebonee Davis, Damian Cooper Jr, Lareko Elliot, Jeffrey Gibson, and a staff member that was unnamed in the indictment have been charged with aggravated assault resulting in death.
Gershun Freeman died in Shelby County Jail as a pretrial detainee after an altercation with officers. He was found to have multiple bruises and deep cuts when he died. Freeman’s manner of death was listed as a homicide.
Attorneys released the following statement:
“The news of these nine indictments in the death of Gershun Freeman comes after a long fight for justice in his name and reflects the fight for justice for so many who die in custody. No person deserves to die in prison at the hands of those who are responsible for them and their care, no matter what they are incarcerated for. Our justice system cannot continue to be overridden by those who take on the role as jury, judge, and executioner.”
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