Tyre Nichols was pulled over on Jan. 7 around 8:30 p.m. for “reckless driving” and a “confrontation occurred” during the stop. During the confrontation, Nichols ran away from police on foot where he was eventually apprehended after another confrontation. Thursday, five Memphis Police Department officers had been charged with second-degree murder over the death of Tyre Nichols. Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith turned themselves in and are now in custody at the Shelby County Jail in Tennessee. Now in an update to the case, Memphis police chief told CNN, “you are going to see a disregard for life, duty of care that we’re all sworn to and a level of physical interaction that is above and beyond what is required in law enforcement.” Chief Cerelyn “CJ” Davis has said the video shows “acts that defy humanity.” The video is set to be released later Friday on YouTube in four parts. Police are asking that any demonstrations based on the case and for Tyre Nichols be civil.
While the police had not killed Nichols on scene he died three days after the confrontation. He had complained of having shortness of breath and was taken to a hospital. After being transported to a local hospital according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Lawyers Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci said the autopsy on Nichols’ body indicated that “Tyre suffered extensive bleeding caused by a severe beating” and his “injuries are consistent with what the family and attorneys witnessed on the video of his fatal encounter with police on Jan. 7, 2023.”
Authorities have not yet released the video of the traffic stop involving Nichols, or the autopsy. Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis called Nichols’ death “heinous, reckless and inhumane,” adding “this is not just a professional failing. This is a failing of basic humanity toward another individual,” Davis said, saying the five officers and others who were involved in his death “failed our community, and they failed the Nichols family. That is beyond regrettable.” “In the vein of transparency, when the video is released in the coming days, you will see this for yourselves,” she added. “I expect you to feel what the Nichols family feels. I expect you to feel outraged by the disregard for basic human rights as our police officers have taken an oath to do the opposite of what transpired on the video.”
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We need better and more thorough oversight on who gets hired as police officers. Conservatives should stop touting all cops as heroes. Many are, others are clearly not. How many times can anyone recall a police department cleaning their own house???!!! I guarantee that the five cops in this case were known as trouble and yet they were still running around with guns and badges…………………….to the eventual tragic ending.
This man did not deserve to die and he is innocent until proven guilty, but why did he run? Why was he resistant to the police? Why are terrorist organizations like BLM allowed to assemble and disrupt others without our knowing the full story?