|The Latter-Day Liberian (LDL) in green had the pleasure of his mother defending his actions on My Fox Memphis|
Billboards installed by the Memphis Police Association in the past week are starting a debate over public safety and could be hurting the city's image.
Mike Williams, President of the MPA, says the billboards are targeting city leaders but Mayor A C Wharton says the billboards - which say "DANGER: Enter at your own risk; This city does not support public safety" - are driving tourists away.
During a news conference Friday Mayor Wharton didn't hold back. He says these signs around town could cost some people their jobs and he says they're out of line. Williams says they're protecting the union's jobs and benefits.
"I think it's self-centered, I think it's selfish," Mr. Wharton said. "I think it has no place in our city."
The mother of one of the teens arrested in the Kroger mob attack wants to set the record straight. She says her kid did a terrible thing but that doesn't make her a terrible mother.
She came to the FOX13 studios last night just before midnight for the interview.
33-year-old Chrishundra Hill is the mother of 8 children.
Hill says since the video of the Kroger mob attack showing her 15-year-old son wearing a neon green shirt, she and her other kids have been ridiculed so badly she doesn't like leaving the house.
WATCH: Video Of Kroger Beating
She asked us to blur her face in this interview to prevent further shame on her younger kids.
Hill says her son is wearing the neon green shirt. The 15-year-old is now charged in connection with this mob beating of two Kroger employees and a customer.
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She says she saw the video right along with the rest of us. Mearl asked, "Is that how you recognized him; from clothing?” She said, “Not really…When he left that night he didn't have that on. He had on a white tee shirt."
She says her son has recently started running with a bad crowd while waiting to start attending a special school.
It led to an arrest and he is facing charges of possession of a weapon. But she couldn't believe what she was seeing at the door of the Kroger grocery store.
Hill said, “I know how that child's mother feels. Not trying to justify what my son did, what he did was wrong. It was wrong. He is just 15! He is the one being made to look like a monster.
I said there are those who see what he did as a monster like act. Hill responded, “I know, I heard Mr. Whalum, I was watching the news."
Whalum says, “"Let's be crystal clear what happened on that Kroger lot within walking distance of this building was domestic terrorism...Domestic terrorism. The youth people who participated were not human beings, they were savage beasts.
Let's be very very clear about that."
Mearl Purvis: “When you say he's just 15 it's like you are making excuses.
Hill: “I'm not making excuses. Not saying he just 15 for the crime he committed. I'm saying he is just 15 for the news to put him in the news like that."… “I'm not trying to uphold him for what he did. But I've been put in the media as a deadbeat mom and I'm not. I'm raising other children who don't have that type of problems."
When asked what is a fair punishment she said, “Yes punishment too cuz what he did is wrong. But, I also think he should get help."
Hill said her son needs help to control his anger; anger that is out of control since the death of his father.Memphis is no longer an America city.
It is a black city.
It is an African city.
A city where black domestic terrorism has helped fuel white flight; and, tragically, a city where a transfer of wealth (42 percent of blacks in Shelby County - where Memphis is located - were on food stamps/EBT card in 2010, compared to only six percent of whites) to pay for EBT/Food Stamps has enabled the continued growth in the black domestic terrorist population...
If you're white, enter Memphis at your own risk: there's 15-year-old black monsters on the prowl, with black mothers ready to defend and excuse away their acts of terrorism (knowing one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter, perhaps it's time we reevaluate what black crime/black mob violence is to blacks...).
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