A group of lawyers have come forward to shed light on a disturbing case of police brutality in Mississippi.
According to the attorneys, multiple white police officers falsely accused two Black men of selling drugs and “dating white women” before handcuffing and brutally torturing them last month. This included shooting one of the men in the mouth, a heinous act that should result in attempted murder charges.
The victim, Michael C. Jenkins, is currently hospitalized and “fighting for his life” due to injuries that have forced doctors to remove his tongue. The incident occurred on January 24th when Jenkins and his companion, Eddie Terrell Parker, were in a private residence in the village of Braxton. The location was raided by six white officers without a warrant, according to Black Lawyers for Justice.
The officers reportedly accused Jenkins and Parker of “dating White women” and “selling drugs” before handcuffing them. After being restrained, the officers allegedly brutally beat and kicked the men while using a Taser on both and threatening to kill them. Witnesses even described the officers participating in a cruel Taser contest with Jenkins and Parker as the targets.
The brutality reportedly escalated when officers waterboarded the men using the potentially deadly interrogation tactic that has been outlawed at the highest level of the military. Jenkins’ mother was told by police that her son “displayed a gun,” but a witness has denied this claim.
Jenkins’ injuries are severe and potentially life-threatening. He has been left in critical condition at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, unable to speak and only able to communicate in writing. The trauma he has suffered is both physical and psychological, and it is likely to have long-lasting effects.
The group of lawyers demanding justice in this case has several demands, including that the officers involved be arrested and criminally charged. They are also calling for the release of all body camera footage to be made public.
This disturbing case of police brutality is unfortunately not an isolated incident. It occurred just one week after officers in Memphis, Tennessee were charged with murder for beating an unarmed Black motorist during a traffic stop.