Lawyer and family of Martavious Banks hold news conference
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.