Protests Erupt After Cop Shoots Armed Fugitive, Bodycams Were Off

The family of an armed fugitive has complained that police shouldn't have shot Martavious Banks.

Memphis, TN – An armed man wanted on numerous active warrants and for violation of his probation led officers on a chase before he was shot and wounded by a Memphis police officer on Monday evening.

The incident began at 6:20 p.m. on Sept. 17, when a Memphis police officer ran the license plate on a maroon 2002 Chevrolet Malibu, and learned that the vehicle’s insurance status was “unconfirmed,” Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings said during a Tuesday press conference.

The officer conducted a traffic stop and approached the driver, later identified as 25-year-old Martavious Banks, the Commercial Appeal reported.

When the officer asked Banks for his identification and vehicle insurance information, he told the officer “he did not have either one,” Dir. Rallings said during the press conference.

“The driver then began reaching downward, at which time the officer advised that he saw a gun inside the vehicle,” the director continued. “The officer told the driver to show him his hands, at which time the driver put the vehicle in drive and fled the scene.”

Dashcam and bodycam captured the officer’s initial contact with Banks.

Officers pursued Banks to the 1100-block of Gill Street, where he bailed out of the vehicle and took off on foot.

“The preliminary investigation revealed that, after the suspect fled the vehicle at 1258 Gill, an officer was involved in a brief foot chase, which ended with the suspect being shot,” Dir. Rallings said.

Police recovered a handgun at the scene, Memphis Police Lieutenant Karen Rudolph said, according to the Commercial Appeal.

Banks’ friends and family claimed that Banks was inside his residence when he was shot, WHBQ reported.

“I heard the gunshots. I heard when the bullet ripped through the glass,” Banks’ friend, “Travis,” told WHBQ.

“They come into our community with no consequences. No accountability,” another man told the news outlet. “They do it over and over.”

Another man asserted that the officers did not do enough to deescalate the situation, despite the fact that Banks was fleeing and armed.

“It can be diffused,” he told WHBQ. “It can be stopped before it gets to the situation of violence.”

Banks was transported to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition as of Wednesday morning.

His mother, Janice Banks, said that Banks was shot in the back, chest, and arm, and that he had undergone three surgeries as of Tuesday evening, WMC reported.

“Y’all fired at least 20 shots,” she told WHBQ. “What y’all shooting over here? A bear?”

"They used an AR-15," she said. "We're not deers and bears... We don't need that."

At the time of the incident, Banks was wanted on six warrants for offenses including probation violation, assault, and driving with a suspended license, according to the Commercial Appeal.

Within hours, dozens of residents had gathered on Gill Street to protest the officer-involved shooting.

Janice Banks told the angry crowd that officers shot her son simply because he was wanted for petty crimes. She said she doubted officers’ claims that Banks had a weapon.

"So, I'm telling all of you with these cameras, don't just listen to these police officers!” she told assembled reporters. "If he shot, show me the bullets. He's at the hospital, do a test kit on his hands. Let me see the proof that he shot a gun.”

“There’s a cover up!” she insisted.

Banks’ girlfriend, Tierra Mitchell, said she pulled up at the residence while the altercation was still underway.

“When I pulled up, they was shooting,” she said. “They was wrong. Point blank wrong.”

One protester, who said she was affiliated with activist Frank Gottie and identified herself only as “The Lil Dreadhead Activist,” incited the crowd by yelling into a megaphone, the Commercial Appeal reported.

“F--k them crooked f--king police!” she screamed repeatedly.

The group heckled and cursed the officers at the scene, and another protester declared that they would all head over to the officer’s home once he was identified.

“All we’re doing is aggravating them,” Memphis Police Major Doreen Smith told the Commercial Appeal as she left the scene late Monday night. “It’s time to go.”

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and Memphis police declined to provide detailed information after they handed the scene over to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).

During the press conference, Dir. Rallings said that the officer who shot Banks did not have his bodycam activated during the altercation, but said other officers at the scene did have their cameras activated.

Two other officers involved in the initial traffic stop “deactivated either their body-worn cameras or in-car video systems during the [vehicle] pursuit,” he explained.

Those two officers, as well as the officer who fired his weapon, have been placed on paid administrative leave while the TBI looks into the incident.

The officers’ names have not been released, but a department official said the officer who shot Banks is a 27-year-old black male.

“While MPD is more than capable of conducting an impartial investigation, we recognize that the TBI brings an additional layer of transparency, accountability, and integrity to the outcome of this investigation,” he said.

The Memphis Police Department will simultaneously conduct an internal investigation into the involved officers’ actions.

Dir. Rallings added that he was “not confident” that department policy had been followed with regards to the officers’ failure to activate their cameras.

“Let me assure you that I will get answers, and we will hold officers accountable,” he added.

Comments (43)
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RealSilentNinja
RealSilentNinja

He escalated the situation not the police. All he had to do was comply.

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

Refuse and Resist never ends well.

annasasha
annasasha

Sounds like once again the higher ups will cave to some nit wit screaming F the police, when i read this part "Dir. Rallings added that he was “not confident” that department policy had been followed with regards to the officers’ failure to activate their cameras.

“Let me assure you that I will get answers, and we will hold officers accountable,” he added. I so feel for cops now , who has their backs? seems no one

lrogers664
lrogers664

ArizonaG30
ArizonaG30

"“It can be stopped before it gets to the situation of violence.” SURE COULD IF MS.BANKS HAD RAISED HER CHILD RIGHT

hangemhigh
hangemhigh

I can understand why they get mad and riot. When you shoot a black criminal you are shooting a hero of the black community and an inspiration to their youths. Whites don't understand this because when a cop shoots a white criminal the police are cheered because the white community has one less scumbag.

Cor-Nan
Cor-Nan

The entire police dept. should quit and let the thugs take care of their neighborhoods and see how well they all like it.....

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"Girlfriend of Martavious Jerome Banks says a police officer shot at her boyfriend like he was an animal. "

If the animal skin fits then wear it....

Sailor
Sailor

I am getting sick of hearing the Mother's and girlfriends of these criminals whining about the police. It's simple...keep your son or your man on the socially appropriate and legal side of behavior and there will be no problems. Your son and your man is a wanted criminal who got earned consequences for his avoiding a legal arrest.

angeleyes
angeleyes

figures, the poor victim's friend knows what a bullet sounds like when it rips thru a window, had a little taste of that in college did ya. girlfriend = baby momma number __ (Oh hell, just pick a number). i still say LEOs stay out of their neighborhoods, they don't want you, fine don't go. Take a vote in the areas though and see if LEOs are wanted or it's only the thugs and their thug families/hangerons that don't want you and who yell the loudest, hoping for the most money, which actually seems to work nowadays. thug lottery every time. Can't claim racism now, dammit, what else (opens book with 3 listings, racism, militant, other), oh yeah, it's LEOs militants, in this case trying to kill her innocent baby who wasn't doin' nuffin wrong, just a few little warrants, nuffin big. Stay strong, stay safe

GForce48
GForce48

Here it goes again, "the community" supporting a thug!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

They should not have turned the cameras off. The police are supposed to be the "good guys."

Szrudy3
Szrudy3

I know how to keep police out of your neighborhood, plain and simple! QUIT committing crimes. They wouldn’t be as many. So it’s in the neighborhood that keeps the police fire dept and EMT coming Learn to live in peace, you might enjoy

nwsbrad
nwsbrad

Comply, that's all you have to do. You don't want to get shot, comply, don't reach for a gun

Stanracer
Stanracer

The idiots are at it again. The guy just had to do he was told and certainly could have avoided being shot. Not to bright.🤔

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Stupid biatch saying he was shot over a traffic warrant. No biatch, he had no license, no proof of insurance, numerous warrants, probation violation, and decided to do a felony fleeing from the cops!! How about you and his single mammy have him stop breaking the damn law and comply with officers. Stop blaming everybody else for your mistakes you ignorant trash!!!

harryres
harryres

This is a typical thing among this race to try to cover up the actions of the criminal blaming Law Enforcement for their actions. Wake up you Idiots STOP doing these criminal acts and the Police will not have to come and handle these cases. Have a gun well then you deserve to be shot down like a dog as the girl friend said the Police shot him like a dog. DON'T DO THE CRIME IF YOU DON'T WANT THE OUTCOME!

burgerallday
burgerallday

Love how the family hangs on "minor" warrants. Who cares? He elevated this incident by introducing a gun so that now it's a potential for assault, murder or whatever. He got shot for his actions with the gun!!

Richard Kurtz
Richard Kurtz

The only sad thing here is that the suspect is still above ground.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Latest <genius> strategy by the community is " Don't comply , just deny "......"Don't comply , just lie"..."don't comply ,just cry"...........and yet the final outcome so often is "don''t comply? , just die " . Decisions, decisions and once again they choose wrong.

This group literally just cant seem to make right decisions if their lives depended on it.

chiefd
chiefd

It wouldn't matter if Martavious Banks (what a name) was wanted for rape, murder and pillaging a town; those idiots would still claim he was a 'good boy' who didn't do nuffin.

Ligoon01
Ligoon01

If he was such a "good" boy, why was he armed and why did he attempt to flee???

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Maybe he believed that the police would shoot him and then plant a gun even if he complied. Not saying that that would be a correct belief, but it may be what he believed.

Mortician72
Mortician72

The younger generation has no respect at all for authority but that comes also from their parents or lack of parents since in most cases the grandparents are rearing them. They all need to be taught social skills. Without them they just don't know how to act in public and to respect authority. Where in the hell do these people come up with these names? sometimes I think that they put the letters in a bag, shake them up and then spill them out onto the floor. And whoever the letters fall will be the name of that child.

Hi_estComnDenomnn
Hi_estComnDenomnn

At what point in your life do you believe it be a good thing to protest the shooting of an armed fugitive dirtbag?

mitchsmith
mitchsmith

You know you're going to be on every LEO watchlist when you are named Martavious.