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Nichols, 29, died three days after being arrested in Memphis. Five Memphis police officers were fired. Let’s see who Tier Nichols was and what happened in detail.
Why were the Memphis police officers fired?
The Memphis Police Department announced Friday the firing of five officers who helped arrest Tear Nichols, who died just three days after a traffic accident earlier this month.
The five officers were identified by the department as Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith.
Tyree Nichols’ family said he was beaten during an arrest during a traffic stop and requested video footage.
According to a statement from Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis, the five officers were fired after an “internal investigation” found they “violated multiple department policies, including excessive force, duty to intervene and duty to render aid.”
Who was Tier Nicholls?
Black Nichols, 29, was taken into custody by police on Jan. 7 after being pulled over for careless driving, according to police.
When cops approached the driver, there was a standoff and the driver fled before being stopped by pursuing officers, who then took him into custody, according to authorities.
Nichols died Jan. 10, according to the state police agency, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
He was admitted to hospital after complaining of breathing problems. Authorities said the cause of death has not been determined.
Family and friends remember Nichols as a joyful, likeable man who worked as a box maker at FedEx and enjoyed skateboarding at a memorial service for him Tuesday. Some attendees wore T-shirts that read “Justice for Tire” and “Skate in Peace.”
Nichols, according to relatives, moved to Memphis from California about a year ago. Relatives claimed he had a sister and two brothers.
During the memorial service, Nichols’ stepfather, Rodney Wells, said Nichols’ supporters wanted the police involved in the arrest to be arrested and charged with first-degree murder.
“We’re not going down without a fight,” Wells said.
Steve Mulroy, Shelby County’s chief district attorney, has asked the agency to investigate the use of force in Nichols’ death.
The conduct of Memphis police has been the subject of a civil rights investigation, federal authorities said Wednesday.
According to relatives, the officers who pulled Nichols out were in an unmarked vehicle and he suffered cardiac arrest and kidney failure as a result of the beating by officers.
Davis and Mayor Jim Strickland said Tuesday that the video of the arrest will be shared after the police department’s investigation is complete and the family has a chance to review it.
There were protests in Memphis over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
Protesters demanded the release of video of Nichols’ arrest, which took place near one of the city’s police cameras. Memphis police are also equipped with body cameras.
The city of Memphis issued a statement late Wednesday afternoon saying it would cooperate fully with federal agencies conducting the investigation after initially declining to comment on the Justice Department probe.
Attorney Ben Crump, whose clients include the family of George Floyd, was hired by the Nichols family.
Crump requested the release of the video of the arrest in a statement released Monday. “No one should ever die from a simple traffic stop,” he added.
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