A teenager has come forward claiming he was assaulted by officers from the SCORPIO unit

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Following the death of Tyr Nichols from a brutal beating by Memphis police officers, a 19-year-old man has come forward to allege that four of the five SCORPION unit officers assaulted him in the Nichols incident. .

Maurice Chalmers-Stokes, who did not want to be named, breaks his silence about his meeting with former MPD officers: Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills, Preston Hemphill and three other officers who are part of the SCORPION Unit.

“I’ve just left the barbershop and I’m going to my grandmother’s house,” Chalmer-Stokes said. “He lives on Chelsea University Road. I showered and put on all my clothes and walked out the door.”

Stokes said at the time three unidentified police cars approached him just after 5:30 p.m., some officers wearing ski masks.

He alleges that former officer Demetrius Haley and another officer aggressively approached him and then asked to search his book bag.

“They didn’t come at me like a regular police officer, it was the first time I’d ever interacted with an officer, so when they said that it scared me straight away because I acted like it,” Chalmers-Stokes said.

Stokes said he had given up running. When officers caught up with him, he alleged that Officer Demetrius Haley grabbed him, pushed him down and cut his head. At one point, he said he was also hit by an MPD car.

“We need to tell the story, it’s absolutely and perfectly true to what our country has,” said attorney Andre Wharton.

Lawyer Andre Wharton, who represents his client Maurice Chalmers-Stokes, said that he hopes for transparency of what happened, as in the case of Tyr Nichols.

“Individuals should be free to do so without the Constitution talking about unreasonable, searches and seizures, which were completely unreasonable,” Wharton said.

Chalmers-Stokes said in a statement that he refused medical treatment, which is also not true.

Next week, District Attorney Wharton and Chalmer-Stokes plan to speak with city officials about the case to obtain body camera footage.

Maurice Chalmers-Stokes was charged with theft of property after a stolen gun was found in his backpack following the stop, according to the affidavit, also confirmed by his attorney.

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