‘Don’t say no mo’. Release the video’: Attorney demands video be made public in loud music shooting

‘Don’t say no mo’. Release the video’: Attorney demands video be made public in loud music shooting

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump called for surveillance video to be released after a white security guard shot and killed 48-year-old Alvin Motley, Jr., a Black man, after complaining that his music was too loud. Crump spoke at Motley’s funeral on Thursday at Mt. Olive Cathedral Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Memphis. Motley was killed at a Memphis Kroger gas station on August 7.

“Don’t say no mo’. Release the video,” Crump chanted inside the church.

Briseida Holguin, a WMCTV reporter covering the funeral, tweeted: “Van Turner county commissioner and president of NAACP Memphis chapter says on Sept 28th during court they will ask the judge to release the video. They hope the video is released before then.” Dakarai Turner, another Memphis reporter, tweeted: “Prosecutors met this morning with Alvin Motley, Jr.’s family to allow them to see surveillance video of his Aug. 7 killing at the hands of a white security guard who shot him after an argument over loud music at a gas station, @AttorneyCrump tells me.”

Crump is calling for the video of Motley’s killing to be released. pic.twitter.com/89tBBeULee

— Briseida Holguin (@BriseidaHolguin) August 26, 2021

The surveillance video, which hasn’t been publicly released but was described in a police report obtained by the Commercial Appeal, reportedly shows the guard, Gregory Livingston, pulling a gun on Motley and shooting him as Motley was holding a beer can and cigarette. Livingston was arrested the day after the shooting on a charge of second-degree murder.

Pia Foster, Motley’s girlfriend, told police Motley and Livingston got into a verbal dispute, and when she and Motley went to leave, Motley walked toward Livingston. Motley had completed training to be a security guard two weeks before his death. He lived in Tinley Park, a suburb of Chicago, but was in Memphis visiting family.

Ben Crump, a prominent civil rights attorney, took on the case soon after. In a statement released on Monday, Crump said that Livingston “was not a licensed armed security guard at the time of the shooting. […] Reports allege Livingston was denied his license on two separate occasions, and his most recent application filed in early August was denied because he violated a statute for working as an armed guard without a registration card,” Crump said. “This begs the question: If he was denied his license and didn’t have one when he killed Alvin, why was he on Kroger premises with a firearm acting like he was qualified to do so, and seemingly, with Kroger’s blessing?”

“There is no excuse for this oversight by Kroger and Allied Universal that led to Alvin Motley’s death,” Crump added. “Livingston should have been fired immediately when he violated a statute by working with a weapon. It is beyond evident that Livingston was a threat to public safety who believed he had far more power than the rules and regulations allowed him, which ultimately led to Alvin’s death. If Kroger’s representatives, employees, or individuals who they contract with don’t respect Black life, then they shouldn’t expect our Black dollars.”

Rev. Al Sharpton, who spoke at Motley’s funeral, said “we all” are victims of a system, and that means Motley could be any one of us. “Nobody has to qualify to live,” Sharpton said. “Press will ask ‘What was his background?’ The question is not ‘What was his background.’ The question is, ‘What would have been his future?’”

A clip from my EULOGY FOR ALVIN MOTLEY, JR. outside Chicago, Illinois.#JusticeForAlvinMotley pic.twitter.com/KOo3wOFQhI

— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) August 18, 2021

My Eulogy of Alvin Motley Jr. Part 2 pic.twitter.com/1L7IM3GVfG

— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) August 18, 2021

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