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MPD officer's head shoved through Beale Street window

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Jon Riley (Source: SCSO) Jon Riley (Source: SCSO)
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) – All is calm on Beale Street Sunday evening.

But on the corner of Beale and Second, remnants linger of what happened here early Sunday morning.

According to a police affidavit, just after 2 a.m. two plain clothes police officers saw a disturbance in front of B.B. Kings.

The suspect, 27-year-old Jon Riley and his girlfriend, appeared to be involved in a confrontation.  When officers tried to break it up from inside their car, that's when Riley allegedly punched Officer Shawn May, who was sitting in the front seat.

That's when Officer Falatko got out of the car.  Falatko tried to arrest Riley when his head went through a glass window.

Pieces of broken glass remain, and wood now covers that broken window.  Visitors couldn't help but wonder what happened.

Kenny Williamson has visited Beale Street several times and says he's always felt safe.

"We didn't see it, we just heard about it," said Williamson.  "Normally this place is pretty safe.  We will continue to come back.  I think this was an isolated incident."

People like Lanier Smith, a Beale Street musician, cringe every time something like this happens.

"We try to shake that negative image so when people are here, they aren't afraid to come down because of security concerns, that's not good for anybody," said Smith.  "Not good for the musicians, not good for the business, certainly not for the city of Memphis," he added.

Smith says everyone, including police officers, work hard to keep Beale Street safe, and also says broken glass and windows aren't what historic Beale Street is all about.

"Like I said, we like to keep tourists safe and people safe," Smith stated.

Riley is now out on bond, charged with aggravated assault, resisting official detention and public intoxication, among several other charges. He is expected to appear in court tomorrow morning.

Officers May and Falatko are assigned to the Entertainment District Unit and have both been employed with MPD since 2008.

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