The Commercial Appeal

Treveno Campbell family prays for justice

About 50 people meet across street from from Shelby County Criminal Justice Center

- LINDA A. MOORE

About 50 friends and family members of Treveno Campbell, found guilty late last month of second-degree murder in the death of Memphis police officer Martoiya Lang, gathered on Saturday across the street from the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center, where they prayed for him, for Lang's family, for justice and for the Memphis Police Department.

Many wore T-shirts with #WeSupportT­reveno, who his family described as a good young man who had never been in trouble before.

"I never had any problems out of Treveno and he's God's son. He's just a good kid. I hate that the situation had to happen. It happened. And if he had known who was behind those walls it would not have happened because he is a law-abiding citizen. He's not this person they're trying to portray him to be," said his mother, Trina Campbell. "He's not a cop killer."

"He's not a killer," said his grandmothe­r, Patricia Morris.

On Dec. 14, 2012, Team Six of the Memphis Police Department's Organized Crime Unit, went to Treveno Campbell's rented home at 1062 Mendenhall Cove to execute a no-knock warrant for a man called Little Toot. A no-knock warrant gives officers the choice to knock or not.

But the officers all testified that they announced themselves as they entered.

Treveno Campbell, then an employee at FedEx, was asleep in his room and testified he was "terrified' after being awakened by what he thought was a home invasion. Others in the house complied with police without incident. They also said police did not identify themselves upon entering.

"I think it was a reckless homicide," Trina Campbell said.

Treveno Campbell, who was originally charged with first-degree murder, was also convicted of attempted seconddegr­ee murder of officers William Vrooman and Darryl Dotson, three counts of reckless endangerme­nt, plus gun and drug charges.

His sentencing is set for Mach 1 and his family also prayed for lenience.

But they also want the the investigat­ion to continue.

Former Memphis police Officer Timothy Goodwin invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify and was one of two officers relieved of duty as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigat­ion looked into inconsiste­ncies in officers' statements. Goodwin suffered from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after the shooting and has retired.

"Why was he allowed to plead the Fifth and he's a key witness. It wasn't that many people in that house.

“And it wasn't a big mansion, it was a small house. Somebody knows," Trina Campbell said.

Lang, 32, was a mother of four daughters and a nine-year veteran of the police department. She was the first female officer to be killed in the line duty in the history of the MPD.

"Memphis Police Department, I pray for you guys. I hate that this was a situation that you lost one of your own, but I'm losing my son to an unjust system, to policies and procedures that were not followed on Dec. 14, 2012," Trina Campbell said.

 ?? JIM WEBER, THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL ?? Thelma Brown (left) joins some 50 friends and family members of Treveno Campbell for a prayer vigil across the street from 201 Poplar. The demonstrat­ors prayed for Campbell who was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Memphis police...
JIM WEBER, THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL Thelma Brown (left) joins some 50 friends and family members of Treveno Campbell for a prayer vigil across the street from 201 Poplar. The demonstrat­ors prayed for Campbell who was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Memphis police...

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