Tennessee man shot after fleeing police pleads guilty
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man shot by police during an attempted traffic stop has pleaded guilty to charges in the case, months after the officers involved were cleared of criminal wrongdoing.
Martavious Banks, 26, will serve two years and 10 months of probation after reaching a settlement to plead guilty Wednesday to evading arrest in a vehicle with risk of death or injury and unlawful weapons possession, the Shelby County district attorney’s office said.
Banks was sentenced to two years in prison, but he has met minimum sentencing requirements with time already served.
Police said Banks ran from a traffic stop in Memphis in September 2018. Officers said they saw a gun in the vehicle and they chased him as he ran away. Banks was shot and hospitalized in critical condition.
After the shooting, Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said three officers involved in the shooting did not have their body or in-car cameras activated as dictated by department policy.
Banks is black. The officer who shot him, Jamarcus Jeames, also is black. Jeames has resigned, and three other officers were suspended.
As with other shootings of black men by police in other cities, the incident drew angry protests from activists and relatives of Banks. Protesters claimed the shooting was unlawful and police wanted to cover up details.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the state’s police agency, investigated the shooting and gave a report to Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich.
Weirich said in May that she asked the TBI to seek an indictment against Banks. She also said there was no evidence of criminal conduct by officers after deciding no state criminal laws were violated.