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Security Guard Who Shot and Killed Black Man Over Loud Music Is Former Police Officer

Memphis, TN – Authorities have confirmed that the security guard who shot and killed Alvin Motley in a Kroger’s parking lot is a former Mississippi police officer. 

Motley died Saturday after being shot by 54-year-old Gregory Livingston. According to the family, Motley was visiting Memphis from Chicago on a business trip and to meet family members when the driver he was with stopped for gas at the Kroger Fuel Center. 

A witness told police the incident started as Livingston and Motley argued over the volume of music coming from their car. The witness said she told Motley to come back to the car, but he got out and told Livingston they should “talk like men.” That’s when Livingston allegedly opened fire, shooting Motley in the chest. Motley died a short time later.

According to a spokesperson with the Horn Lake Police Department, Livingston is a former police officer with the City of Horn Lake. He worked there from August 1998 until he resigned in April 2001.

Livingston was charged with second-degree murder and booked into the Shelby County Jail on $1.8 million bond. He appeared in court Monday morning for a brief hearing. His next court date is set for Aug. 16.

Motley’s sister said he was a father and was engaged to be married. She said Motley’s 17-year-old son recently graduated from high school and is set to go to college.

His family is asking the community to support Motley’s loved ones and join them in seeking justice.

“I definitely would love to see that security guard get first-degree murder and the highest penalty they can give him,” Motley’s sister said. “It seemed like it was driven by pure hatred.”

National civil rights attorney Ben Crump has been retained to represent the victim’s family.

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