- Sep 7, 2021
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Memphis Police fires 5 officers for their involvement in Tyre Nichols' death
Nichols died Jan. 10, 2023, following the traffic stop on Jan. 7. The family and community activists are calling for video of the confrontation to be released.
Memphis Police announced Friday they have fired five police officers involved in the traffic stop that led to the death of Tyre Nichols
In a statement, MPD said the actions of these officers were "egregious" in nature:
Nichols’ family said police beat him to the point of being unrecognizable.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it has opened a civil rights investigation into Nichols’ death, describing Nichols' encounter with Memphis police as an incident where officers “used force during his arrest.”
City of Memphis, MPD say video of confrontation between Tyre Nichols and police could be released next week
The mayor and police chief said the video would be released after the internal MPD investigation is completed and Nichols' family could review the footage.
In a statement, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Police Chief CJ Davis said MPD’s internal investigation is expected to be completed by the end of the week, and they are arranging a meeting with Nichols family and attorney Ben Crump, who the family has retained. They said once the family has reviewed the video privately, it can be released.