MPD officer body camera footage released

An image on social media posted Saturday shows a vehicle stopped in the middle of S. Lindell Street in downtown Martin during a solidarity rally.

By Sabrina Bates

News Producer

On Sunday, The Press reviewed the body camera footage of an officer who was engaged in a verbal exchange Saturday in downtown Martin while he was conducting a traffic stop of an individual who had reportedly made an illegal turn amidst the construction along S. Lindell Street.

Throughout Saturday afternoon, social media posts claimed MPD Lt. John Cross made a threat of bodily harm against resident Adrian Oliver, who was apparently downtown during Saturday morning’s organized solidarity protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Pictures of Oliver and Cross were posted to Facebook and cell phone footage showed the officer accused of making threats and demands for Cross to turn on his body camera. Oliver viewed the body camera footage at the police department and later apologized on social media for the reported claims that went viral on Facebook.

Oliver was apparently in a verbal exchange with a driver of a vehicle who stopped in the middle of S. Lindell Street in downtown Martin during the protest and during the traffic stop. Oliver requested to file a complaint against the driver who had reportedly engaged in the verbal exchange at the MPD Monday afternoon. He has reportedly received anonymous messages of death threats since the incident.

This is the link to a copy of the MPD officer’s body camera footage from the traffic stop Saturday in its entirety.

Editor’s note: Sabrina Bates is the news producer for the Weakley County Press. She may be contacted by email at



1 Comment

  1. Richard Guy on June 2, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    I find it hard to believe that John Cross would do that.

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