VOL. 129 | NO. 155 | Monday, August 11, 2014
Wharton Reacts to Beale Street Incident
By Bill Dries
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. said Monday, Aug. 11, it is “upsetting” that a man found bloodied and unconscious in the Beale Street entertainment district over the weekend wasn’t immediately helped by a group of people on the street.
Instead, numerous people stopped to either photograph or record video with their telephones of the man lying in a pool of blood.
“These are the same phones that people could have used to call for help given that the initial team of Memphis Police officers arrived on the scene despite having not received a report of the incident,” Wharton said in a written statement.
Police are still investigating what happened to the man, who is recovering from his injuries.
“I guess I’m not so shocked by the fact that even in a city known for helping people in need that a person in obvious distress would not be immediately assisted by those who saw the situation,” Wharton added. “I’m reminded that even in the Biblical story of the Good Samaritan, two people passed by the man on the roadside bleeding before the Samaritan stopped to help.”