Instead of calling police, people nearby used their phones to take pictures and record videos. A man police identify as Jonathan Parker was lying bleeding on the street, unconscious with his pants pulled down. Toward the end of the video people start checking to see if the man is OK.
The video and the beating are so disturbing that Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and police director Toney Armstrong issued statements Monday.
Wharton in a lengthy statement wrote people not helping is disturbing.
"What is, however, more upsetting to so many of us is that instead of ignoring this individual's need for help, some people actually stopped and took the time to use their phones to record the incident. These are the same phones that people could have used to call for help."
Armstrong wrote, "It is disheartening to see an injured person laying on the ground with spectators capturing photos and video, but not calling for assistance."
He says the case is under investigation. Police could not get a statement from Parker because investigators say he was too drunk. Parker is in non-critical condition.