(Memphis) – A brutal gang beating caught on camera. A 16-year-old says he was being jumped out of his gang because he wasn’t a loyal member. He was beat to the point of unconsciousness.
“Terrifying, scary, upsetting, hurt, uproar, I was boiling over.” Keisha Thompson is reacting to this video in it you see her 16-year-old son beaten repeatedly by two members of her son’s former gang, the Crips.
“Why are they beating up like he’s not a human being,” she said.
Her son Octavius says he was trying to get out of the gang.He says when he couldn’t recite something he was supposed to know when two members approached him while he was walking home from school. He says that’s when he was jumped.
“I haven’t been going to the meetings, and I had caught up with all the stuff and they just took it to another level,” he said. “I could have been dead but thanks to the grace of God I’m not.”
Otavius says he is no longer a Crip, and is moving on with his life.
“Just trying to get my education find a job change my life around,” he said.
He has this message to others teens about gangs. “Don’t join them. It’s not right. They’ll tell you a thing and say another.”
His mom says she never knew her son was part of gang, until he came home bruised and beaten.
“My son could have died April 5th. he could have been a vegetable,” she said.
She hopes her story will make other parents be more attentive to their kids lives. So they won’t have to watch their child endure the pain that she did.
“Look at the colors your kids wearing, talk to them, thank God mine is out (of the gang). I thank God. I don’t want any child to go through that and I don’t want any mother to go through the pain I’m going through,” she said.
Seventeen-year-old Adarius Green and 17-year old Timothy Taylor were both charged with aggravated assault in connection to the beating. Both were in court Tuesday and were detained.