MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Newly released video shows the death of Gershun Freeman after an altercation between Freeman and corrections officers at 201 Poplar on October 5, 2022. 

FOX13 obtained the video of the altercation from the district attorney's office in Nashville. 

An inmate died at the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center at 201 Poplar Avenue, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI).

The nearly 14-minute long video starts by showing those correction officers handing out food to inmates in their cells. 

Once Freeman's door opens, the 33-year-old can be seen charging and punching at two of the deputy jailers while naked. 

Those correction officers begin fighting back and punching Freeman. 

Freeman quickly goes to the ground as the deputy jailers continue to punch him. More correction officers rush in and begin beating Freeman as he tries to get up. 

Freeman appears to be crawling across the floor down a hallway outside of his cell and at one point a correction officer grabs his feet. 

The video then changes cameras and Freeman is out of the frame, though several correction officers can be seen being grabbed and pulled back by their coworkers. 

Freeman finally comes back into frame, clinging to the leg of a correction officer before getting up and running through the hallway while deputies spray what appears to be a chemical agent at him. 

Freeman then crawls out of frame and then comes back into view again clinging to the leg of a correction's officer. A fellow correction's officer begins kicking Freeman. 

A third camera angle shows Freeman hanging on to a correction's officer's legs before the officer shakes him free. Freeman then gets to his feet and walks out of frame. 

Freeman then comes back into view on the 4th floor of 201 Poplar getting onto an escalator heading up to the fifth 5th floor. 

Freeman then appears to swat at a correction's officer before that officer knocks him to the ground. Two more correction's officers then join. 

With three officers on him, Freeman appears to be subdued with his hands cuffed behind his back. 

Several minutes then pass as the officers keep Freeman on the ground, kneeling on his back while he is handcuffed. 

Freeman remains motionless during this time. 

Freeman appears limp as he is finally pulled to his feet and slumps over as correction's officer attempt to pull him up. 

Freeman, hunched over on his knees, slumps back onto the floor face first around the 12-minute mark of the video and never gets back up. 

Freeman, 33, died at the jail, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI). 

Freeman's manner of death was ruled a homicide and Freeman's cause of death was declared an "exacerbation of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease due to a physical altercation and subdual."

In a statement late Thursday, Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr. called the video release was "out of context" and that Freeman "died of a heart attack while being restrained." The full statement is below:

"According to the Medical Examiner, Mr. Gershun Freeman suffered from psychosis and cardiovascular disease and died of a heart attack while being restrained. It is unfortunate that parts of the video are being shown out of context because the full video does show the erratic and violent behavior that led to the need to restrain Mr. Freeman. These corrections officers deserve a fair review of this case, and I will wait for additional information from the TBI and the investigating DA before taking further administrative action."

The 33-year-old was being held on charges of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault stemming from an incident on September 29, 2022. That's when authorities claim Freeman attacked a woman by punching her in the face several times and threatened to kill her at a U-Haul site on Austin Peay Highway. 

Freeman's family said they were left without answers in the wake of his death. 

"I want to know why they haven't called us and told us anything about the situation," Freeman's father George Burks told FOX13 in an interview following Freeman's death. "I had to get up and go to the morgue and find out myself." 

That's a sentiment which was echoed by Freeman's wife Nicole Freeman. 

"Everything we know up to this point we had to find out on our own," Nicole Freeman said following his death. "There's no information at all." 

Nicole Freeman said she didn't even know anything had happened to her husband until she received a call at 1:30 a.m. on October 6 informing her that something had happened to her husband, but she was not provided any details regarding what happened. 

Five hours later she learned her husband had died. 

Freeman's family and loved ones gathered in protest outside of 201 Poplar as recently as February 17, 2023.

Freeman's death has also gotten the attention of nationally-known civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who spoke on Freeman's death while he was in Memphis representing the family of Tyre Nichols, a man who died after being beaten by five Memphis Police officers. 

“Just like we demanded transparency for Tyre Nichols, in Memphis. We are demanding transparency for Gershun Freeman here in Memphis,” Crump said. 

Freeman's mother spoke that day, saying she was still stunned by the news of her son's death. 

“He was my only son. He was born at Regional Med. You couldn’t have told me he’d be murdered around the corner at 201 Poplar. I will get justice for Gershun Freeman,” said Freeman’s mother, Kimberly Freeman.

Attorney Ben Crump released the following statement:

“The death of Gershun Freeman is yet another shocking example of police brutality in the Memphis and Shelby County criminal justice systems. The newly released footage is visual evidence that at least 10 officers brutalized and beat Gershun to death, when he was naked and clearly suffering from a mental health crisis. Gershun’s family thanks District Attorney Glenn Funk’s office for their transparency in this, and we are confident that their office will bring these officers to justice on the criminal side.”

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