Memphis Police Department Responds to Now Viral Arrest Video in Wing Restuarant

Memphis Police Department Responds to Now Viral Arrest Video in Wing Restuarant
Memphis Police Department Responds to Now Viral Arrest Video in Wing Restuarant (Images: Screenshot/YouTube/WREG News Channel 3)

Court documents reveal more about a video of an alleged wanted man wrestled by police in a Memphis hot wing restaurant.

Two police officers struggled to detain a man at Rayford’s All-N-1 Hot Wings on South Third Monday.

The video had more than 70,000 views Tuesday, prompting commenters to criticize the officers’ use of force. The man filming says the customer did nothing wrong.

“We are aware of this video and are looking into the circumstances surrounding this incident,” MPD said in an email response Tuesday.

The man was identified as Erion Walker, 22. Walker was arrested on assault and vandalism charges.

The camera was being held by Owner Kevin Rayford. Police arrived as he and Walker were talking inside the restaurant.

“I felt every blow,” Rayford said. “It’s like I felt every blow. You know and I was angry.” An officer approaches the camera in the video. Rayford said the cop hit his phone.

“When I was filming, he approached me with his fist balled up, so I didn’t know whether to duck or just prepare for a lick,” Rayford said.

Officers responded to a call June 16 at Knight Arnold and Inverness Parkway, according to an arrest warrant. Walker’s girlfriend said they argued while driving.

Walker’s girlfriend said the argument started when he returned her bullet-riddled car. She said Walker got angry and slapped her.

Walker’s girlfriend tried to call her mother, but he threw her phone out the window and said “I’ll (expletive) this car up.” According to court documents, Walker intentionally crashed his car into a curb before fleeing.

The crash injured Walker’s girlfriend’s leg. Police say the car’s tires came off the axles. Walker’s court date is June 22. He has a $51,000 bond.

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