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Gershun Freeman dies in jail; Deputies charged in inmate’s death in Memphis

Nine Memphis jail deputies are charged in connection with the death of an inmate last October, and Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk is right in the middle of it.

Gershun Freeman died of a heart attack after taking a beating inside the jail during a psychotic episode.

Nashville’s district attorney was assigned to prosecute to ensure politics played no role in the case, but that’s not how Shelby County’s sheriff sees it.

“I said from the outset the way this case was being handled is political and it’s only grown worse,” Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner said.
Video from the jail shows Freeman was beaten by at least 10 correctional officers after running out of his cell naked.

The medical examiner says he had psychosis and heart disease and died of a heart attack while being restrained.

“I just want this community to know that I stand with these officers,” Sheriff Bonner said. “I believe if I were not running for another office, these indictments never would have happened, and I find this despicable.”
Sheriff Bonner is crying politics despite the local district attorney recusing himself from the Freeman case because he is endorsing Bonner’s opponent in the Shelby County mayor’s race.

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