New Shelby prosecution unit targeting police brutality off to fast start

Weirich’s team has charged two officers, yet faces challenges ahead

By , Special to the Daily Memphian Updated: May 18, 2021 7:46 AM CT | Published: May 18, 2021 4:00 AM CT
<strong>District Attorney Amy Weirich (shown at a press conference prior to the April 24 Unity Walk Against Gun Violence) created&nbsp;a prosecution unit targeting police brutality.&nbsp;&ldquo;For all of this to work, the public has to trust law enforcement and the system, the criminal justice system,&rsquo;&rsquo; Weirich said. &ldquo;And I think us taking an impartial review of these cases is an important piece of that.&rsquo;&rsquo;</strong> (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

District Attorney Amy Weirich (shown at a press conference prior to the April 24 Unity Walk Against Gun Violence) created a prosecution unit targeting police brutality. “For all of this to work, the public has to trust law enforcement and the system, the criminal justice system,’’ Weirich said. “And I think us taking an impartial review of these cases is an important piece of that.’’ (Mark Weber/Daily Memphian)

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Amy Weirich’s new unit targeting police brutality is off to a fast start, charging two officers so far, yet faces challenges ahead.

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Memphis Police Department police brutality Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich
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