Lawyer and fam­ily of Mar­tavi­ous Banks hold news con­fer­ence

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An at­tor­ney for the fam­ily of Mar­tavi­ous Banks an­nounced “good news” dur­ing a news con­fer­ence on Thurs­day out­side Re­gional One Hospi­tal.

Billy Mur­phy, a Bal­ti­more-based lawyer who for­merly rep­re­sented Fred­die Gray, said that Banks is re­cov­er­ing af­ter be­ing crit­i­cally wounded by a Mem­phis po­lice of­fi­cer in Septem­ber.

“He’s do­ing well,” said Mur­phy. “He’s able to talk, he is able to ar­tic­u­late what he re­mem­bers.”

Mur­phy said that Banks was shot twice in the back by Mem­phis po­lice of­fi­cer Ja­mar­cus Jeames, 26. “There’s no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for that and we will be ag­gres­sively pur­su­ing this mat­ter un­til its con­clu­sion,” said Mur­phy.

“We will make sure that there is no cover up of any kind, that the truth comes out, so that jus­tice can be done in this case,” he said.

Fred­die Gray died in 2015 while in po­lice cus­tody in Bal­ti­more. The in­ci­dent led to na­tional protests.

Jan­ice Banks, Mar­tavi­ous Banks’ mother, did not pro­vide com­ment dur­ing the news con­fer­ence. Mur­phy did not in­di­cate if the fam­ily reached out to him for rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

Banks was shot by Jeames in South Mem­phis near Elvis Presley Boule­vard on the night of Sept. 17.

Banks’ shoot­ing im­me­di­ately sparked protests through­out the city, which re­sulted in some demon­stra­tors be­ing ar­rested — along with com­mu­nity res­i­dents and state rep­re­sen­ta­tives en­gag­ing in dis­cus­sions about com­mu­nity trust with city po­lice.

Po­lice Di­rec­tor Mike Rallings said the of­fi­cer who fired shots did not have his body cam­era op­er­at­ing dur­ing the shoot­ing.

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