Black Lives Matter Memphis is calling for the resignation of several city officials. They claim the local government is creating a hostile environment for people of color. They are also upset about the recent security list at city hall.
Organizers of BLM Memphis have created their own black list, and it includes the names of several officials they want removed from office.
“Here at Black Lives Matter Memphis we have a black list. We asking Amy Weirich resign, Richard Dosier resign, Jennifer Nichols resign, Tom Henderson, Deborah Ferguson resign, Chris Craft resign and James Lamey,” says Steven Bradley, Spokesman for Black Lives Matter Memphis.
More than a dozen members stood in front of 201 Poplar Friday demanding to see change in their local government.
“We can go on and on and on to deal with these injustices and Ms. Amy Weirich’s lack of judgement, lack of facts, and takes into accountability that black lives matter,” says Bradley.
Members are also upset about the Memphis City Hall “A” list and they are demanding for it to be removed.
“It shouldn’t have never happened. Mayor Strickland denies the fact that it happened on his campaign. Once he saw the list he should have knocked it out of the way. ”
The list initially included Darrius Stewart’s mother Mary Stewart, but she was taken off during the revision.
A friend of her family spoke candidly at Friday’s presser about her son’s death at the hands of a then Memphis police officer, and how the family has still not received any justice.
“Amy Weirich refused to bring charges through a so-called sicken grand jury,” says Jennifer Cain. “It took you over 120 days to review the TBI port and all of a sudden you come back with a no indictment? I’m not understanding it.”
“She has 20 days to give her resignation and that is the anniversary of Darrius Stewart,” says Bradley.
Darrius Stewart’s birthday is in 20 days and the family is still grieving. We reached out to Amy Weirich’s office. Her spokesperson, Vince Higgins, says they had no idea about Friday’s rally until media started contacting them, and they have no comment.