Mark LeSure, a retired Memphis police officer who spoke out against the killing of Tyre Nichols by police has been found dead.
He was known for speaking out against the killing of Tyre Nichols by Memphis Police officers, and against the force itself.
Nichols, 29, was fatally injured after being beaten by Memphis police officers in January 2023 during a traffic stop, dying three days later.
In January, Mr LeSure spoke to NBC News, telling the outlet that the department didn’t have enough senior staff to train the new officers.
He also told the New York Times that cuts had forced many of the department’s longest-serving officers to retire.
He told NBC: “Rookies were getting put on specialised units where they had no business being.”
LeSure demise has raised questions, and some suspect foul play.
Mark LeSure: Was former Memphis police officer murdered for criticizing the police?
At the moment we can’t confirm if Mark LeSure was murdered for criticizing the police.
But we will update this page once we gather enough information.
According to WREG, officers responded to a ‘man-down’ call in the 4200 block of Falcon Drive at 8 a.m. on Sunday, July 9.
He was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene and officers still haven’t positively identified the man, but family members say it was retired Memphis Police homicide detective Mark LeSure.
His aunt, Rose LeSure-Jones, told WREG: “He was in the driveway when we got here lying face down.
“Whatever it was he didn’t deserve this, he really didn’t he was a good guy. One of the good guys really.”
A neighbor and friend suggested that LeSure was a victim of gun violence in the same community he was known for serving faithfully.
“He had outreach ministries to young people in the community, a few blocks away. Westwood community center and now they just lost a mentor,” Randie Fleming told WREG. “It’s one thing you hear gang members shooting and killing each other dying, but someone who is an upstanding guy, he served his community.”