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Video of Deadly Tyre Nichols Traffic Stop to Be Released After Five Memphis Police Officers Fired
As a result of an arrest made during a traffic stop of a man who was subsequently pronounced dead in a hospital, five officers from the Memphis Police Department have been terminated for excessive use of force, duty to intervene, and duty to render help, according to statements made by officials on Friday.
The arrest of Tyre Nichols, 29, on January 7 was reportedly carried out by Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith, according to the chief of police. An internal inquiry was performed by the Memphis Police Department into the arrest of Nichols, who passed away three days after his detention.
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Disciplinary action was taken once the investigation was completed, according to the authorities. A civil rights inquiry has been initiated by the United States Department of Justice, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is also investigating the amount of force that was used during the arrest.
The Nichols family, along with demonstrators who have demonstrated at a police station and the National Civil Rights Museum, have pressed for the release of police body camera footage and have urged for cops to be punished in connection with the incident.
Relatives claim that police officers beat Nichols, who was Black, to the point where he suffered a heart attack as a result of their actions. The authorities have stated that Nichols was involved in a serious medical incident.