Friday, October 5, 2007

DA Gibbons Announces No Charges in "Nappi By Nature" Investigation

Posted By on Fri, Oct 5, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Shelby County District Attorney Bill Gibbons announced Friday that the criminal charges against five individuals involved in a May incident with three Memphis police officers outside a south Memphis business (Nappi By Nature) have been dismissed.

Additionally, the District Attorney announced there would be no state charges filed against police officers on the basis of an investigation conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation requested by the D.A.

"Simply put, we are dismissing the cases because we do not believe we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any of the defendants committed the offenses in question," D.A. Gibbons said.

The TBI's investigation into the actions of the police officers on the scene of the incident is now closed. There will be no state prosecution of any police officers based upon the TBI's investigation," Gibbons added.

In August, Gibbons had asked the TBI to conduct an official investigation into whether three officers, Michael McCord, Billy Gray, and Steven Grigsby, violated any state laws when they arrested the five defendants on May 30 outside Nappi by Nature, located at 1391 Elvis Presley Boulevard. Under Tennessee law, investigations conducted by the TBI are sealed and not public records.

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