5 Fired Memphis Police Officers Involved In The Beating Death Of Tyre Nichols Charged w/ Murder
Five police officers who were fired for their alleged roles in the beating death of Tyre Nichols were booked into Memphis‘ Shelby County Jail on Tuesday (Jan. 26).
According to reports, on January 7, Tyre Nichols was stopped by the police for allegedly driving recklessly, and the confrontation turned violent and deadly. Tyre Nichols was taken to the hospital in severe condition after the incident and passed away on January 10—three days later.
The officers reportedly responsible for the incident have since been identified as Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmit Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith.
Reportedly, court records show that the men each face two counts of official misconduct, one count of official oppression, one count of second-degree murder, one count of aggravated assault, and two counts of aggravated kidnapping.
Tyre Nichols‘ stepfather, Rodney Wells, said at a press conference that anything less than a first-degree murder indictment would be unacceptable. The family has retained civil rights attorney Ben Crump to represent them going forward.While standing beside the family at a press conference, Ben Crump said,
“Regrettably, it reminded us of the Rodney King video, and unlike Rodney King, Tyre did not survive.”
Following the beating, the fives officers were fired and two EMS personnel were relieved of their duties pending the outcome of the investigation.
Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis described the assault Nichols endured as “heinous, reckless, and inhumane” as she prepared the public for the release of bodycam footage showing his arrest. She said,
“This is not just a professional failing. This is a failing of basic humanity toward another individual. They failed our community, and they failed the Nichols family. That is beyond regrettable.”
The Rev. Al Sharpton announced that he will give the eulogy at Nichols‘ funeral and that he and civil rights activists will stand by the family to make sure they obtain justice.
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