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No Charges Against Memphis Cop Who Fatally Shot Unarmed Terrence Carlton in 2018

According to the Shelby County district attorney’s office, there will be no criminal charges filed against the Memphis police officer who fatally shot unarmed, 25-year-old Terrence Carlton back in April of last year.

The shooting occurred on the 4400 block of Summer Avenue on April 21, 2018. MPD officers identified Carlton as a suspect in two shootings and a robbery that had occurred the night before in the Berclair area.

A year after the shooting Carlton’s mother, Marlene Alexander, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against MPD. She claimed her son was unarmed during the shooting and sued for $50 million in compensatory damages plus another $50 million in punitive damages.

The family also claimed the officers failed to seek immediate medical attention for Carlton and that Carlton received several other injuries while in the custody, according to the lawsuit. The family also claims that both officers acted “recklessly.”

The lawsuit also claimed that Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings failed to properly train, hire and supervise the officers involved in the shooting — specifically with educating officers about its procedures on use of force. 

The suit is still pending.

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