Memphis – Murder A black man named Alvin Motley At a Kroger gas station in Memphis, now drawing attention from prominent civil rights lawyers and organizations, family members of the murdered man told reporters on Tuesday that Motley was semi-blind, unarmed and not threatening.
A security guard is accused of arguing with 48-year-old Motley over loud music, then shooting him. Lawyers working with the family said they want immediate civil settlement negotiations with grocery giant Kroger and an offshore company that uses the security guard.
A state official said Tuesday afternoon that ranger Gregory Livingston was not licensed. “Mr. Livingston was not and is not licensed as a security guard,” Kevin Walters, a spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, wrote in an email.
He wrote that Livingston had originally applied for an armed security guard license in 2017, but the registration card had not been issued due to the applicant not meeting all requirements. Walters wrote that he was not authorized to do so.
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Livingston submitted a new application on August 2. “His application was denied due to a violation of the law to serve as an armed guard without a registration card,” Walters wrote.
Renowned civil rights attorney Ben Crump on Tuesday joined members of the Motley family at a news conference to denounce the killing as yet another example of the killing of unarmed black men.
“No one has the right to kill a young black man for playing music!” Crump said. “I don’t care how loud you think you have the right to kill a young black man for playing music.”
Security guard Gregory Livingston faces a second-degree murder charge in Saturday’s shooting at the Kroger Fuel Center.,
An attorney for Livingston has not yet been listed in online court records. He is still in prison awaiting his next trial date on August 16.
Crump and his family met earlier in the day with Shelby County District Attorney Amy Wehrish.
Van Turner, Shelby County Commissioner, attorney and local NAACP president, said the group is seeking a conviction for second-degree murder. He called on the companies involved – Kroger and the security firm – to come quickly to discuss the settlement.
Crump also drew an analogy between Motley’s death and Jordan Davis shot dead, the 17-year-old who was murdered by Michael David Dunn in Jacksonville, Florida in 2012. In this case, Crump said, Dunn was also angry at a black person playing music. was dn He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
Following Crump’s observations, family members approached the pulpit one by one to paint a portrait of a motley person in life.
Alvin Motley Sr. described his son as a man who loves his family. He said the Motley family is a large, close-knit family based in Memphis and Chicago. Motley Jr. was in Memphis visiting with his niece and nephew when he was murdered.
Motley the Elder said he believed in forgiveness, and had chosen to forgive the man who killed his son. But he still wants accountability. “I want this man to be punished to the fullest,” Motley Sr. said. “I only want justice for my son.”
The Memphis Police Department arrested Livingston on Sunday. He was charged with second-degree murder. According to an affidavit of arrest, he told police when they arrived at the scene on Saturday that he had shot Motley.
Motley’s friend, Pia Foster, told police that Livingston started an argument about the volume of music in the car, the affidavit said.
According to the police account, “Foster ordered Motley to get back in the car to leave, but Motley got out of the car and walked toward the security guard. Pia Foster said Motley said to the security guard, ‘Let’s talk like men.'”
According to the police report, surveillance footage showed Livingston drawing his pistol and shooting Motley, who was carrying a can of beer and a burning cigarette.
At the gas station and the nearby car park there are several surveillance cameras. Crump said that at the meeting with Weyrich she agreed to show the family the video of the shoot at a later date.
Larry Bowser, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office, confirmed this account. “Yes, General Wehrish assured the family that they could view the video before it was shown in court.”
Crump said the lawyers plan to release the video to the public.
According to his father, Motley had Marfan syndrome, a disorder of connective tissue. Many people have speculated that Abraham Lincoln had the syndrome. Among the organs that affect the eyes. His father said Motley was almost blind and could not drive. In order to see his phone, he had to hold the device to his face.
Krueger issued a statement regarding Motley’s death on Tuesday, and said Livingston was not an employee of the company but a third-party contractor.
We are deeply saddened, deeply angry and horrified by this senseless violence. Our hearts are with the Motley family. This tragic incident involved an outsourced contractor on site to provide security services at the Poplar Avenue fuel centre, Krueger said. “We ask all outsourcers to respect and honor our core values which include respect, diversity, and inclusion. We would like to thank the Memphis Police Department for their swift action. The only outcome we seek is justice.”