Nichols, 29, perished three days after a traffic stop arrest in Memphis. Five Memphis polices were fired. Let’s see who was Tyre Nichols and what happened in detail.
Why did the Memphis police officers get fired?
The Memphis Police Department on Friday announced the firing of five officers who assisted in the arrest of Tyre Nichols, who passed just three days after a traffic encounter earlier this month.
The five officers were named by the department as Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith.
Tyre Nichols’ family said that he was beaten during a traffic-stop arrest and they demanded video footage.
According to a statement from Memphis Police Chief C.J. Davis, the five officers were fired after an “internal investigation” found that they had “violated multiple department policies, including excessive force, duty to intervene, and duty to render aid.”
Who was Tyre Nichols?
The 29-year-old Black Nichols was detained by police on January 7 after they pulled him over for careless driving, according to the police.
When cops approached the motorist, there was a confrontation, and the driver fled before being stopped by the pursuing officers, who then apprehended him, according to the authorities.
Nichols passed away on January 10, according to the state’s police agency, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
He was admitted to the hospital after complaining of breathing problems. Officials reported the cause of death has not been determined.’
Family and friends remembered Nichols as a joyful, lovable man who worked making boxes at FedEx, enjoyed skateboarding at a memorial service for him on Tuesday. Some attendees wore T-shirts with the slogans “Justice for Tyre” and “Skate in Peace.”
Nichols, according to relatives, relocated to Memphis from California about a year ago. Relatives claimed that he had a sister and two brothers.
During the memorial service, Nichols’ stepfather, Rodney Wells, stated that Nichols’ backers want the police involved in the arrest to be arrest to be charged with first degree murder.
“We’re not going down without a fight,” Wells said.
Steve Mulroy, the district attorney general for Shelby County, asked the agency to look into the use of force in Nichols death.
The conduct of the Memphis police were the subject of a civil rights investigation, federal authorities said on Wednesday.
According to relatives, the officers that pulled Nichols over were in an unmarked vehicle, and he suffered cardiac arrest and kidney failure as a result of a beating by officers.
Davis and Mayor Jim Strickland both stated on Tuesday that video footage of the arrest will be shared once the police department’s investigation is concluded and the family has had a chance to study it.
Over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, there were protests in Memphis.
Protesters demanded the release of the video of Nichols’s arrest, which happened close to one of the city’s overhead police surveillance cameras. Police in Memphis are also equipped with body cams.
The city of Memphis issued a statement in the late afternoon on Wednesday stating that it will fully cooperate with the federal agencies conducting the inquiry after initially declining to comment on the Justice Department’s investigation.
Attorney Ben Crump, whose clients include the family of George Floyd, has been hired by the Nichols family.
Crump demanded the release of the arrest video in a statement that was made public on Monday. “Nobody should ever die from a simple traffic stop,” he added.
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