The protesters were participants of “Bad Apples? FixTheBarrel,” a rally for stronger civilian oversight of police. If passed, an amended version of the city's Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB) ordinance would help accomplish this goal.
The amended ordinance would provide CLERB with the power to subpoena documents and police witnesses, investigate complaints concurrently with Memphis Internal Affairs, and make disciplinary recommendations to the Memphis Police director, among other authoritative acts. It was heard briefly by City Council’s Personnel Committee Tuesday, April 7th. The proposal is slated to be heard again by City Council on April 21st.
Around a dozen protesters walked along the sidewalk in front of the Walgreens at 1489 Airways Blvd. while several others stood across the street under a Blue Crush SkyCop.
The diverse collective chanted, "What's done in the dark will be brought to light! Memphis needs police oversight!" and "Up! Up! With accountability! Down! Down! With police brutality!"
A multitude of drivers honked their horns and lifted fist in support of the movement as they cruised by.