Black Man Shot Dead by White Security Guard in Memphis During Dispute Over Loud Music

Tasheta Motley cries as she is held by civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump during a press conference in Memphis on August 10, 2021. (Joe Rondone / The Commercial Appeal via Imagn)

A Black man was gunned down by a white security guard in Memphis, after the victim was exercising his basic right “to pump gas and play his music,” his family said.

Alvin Motley Jr., 48, was filling up Saturday at a Kroger Fuel Center at 6660 Poplar Ave., when he got into a dispute with a security guard, Memphis police said.

The disagreement was over loud music being played by the victim, his family said, and ended with security guard Gregory Livingston, 54, allegedly shooting Motley in the chest.

Motley was pronounced dead at the scene and Livingston was booked into custody, on suspicion of second-degree murder, Memphis police said.

Livingston was still in custody on Friday, held in lieu of $1.8 million bail, Shelby County Jail records showed. His next court date is set for Monday.

Motley was a 48-year-old Chicago resident visiting family in Tennessee when he was shot, his family said.

“Alvin Motley has a right to exist, to pump gas and play his music because this is America and nobody has the right to kill a young Black man for playing music,” family attorney Ben Crump said. “I don’t care how loud you think it is. You do not have a right to kill a young Black man for playing music.”

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SOURCE: NBC News, David K. Li