The world is once again drawn to police brutality of civilians by American police. Following the release of a footage showing the moment a black-American man was brutally attacked by the police, protests have ensued around America.
On January 10, 2023, Tyre Nichols died, three days after a traffic stop by Memphis Police Department officers on January 7. The Memphis Police Department initially stated on January 8 that the traffic stop of Nichols was due to reckless driving, but later on January 27, reports say the Memphis police chief stated that footage showed no evidence of probable cause for the traffic stop.
Tyre Deandre Nichols (June 5, 1993 – January 10, 2023) was a 29-year-old African-American man who worked for FedEx and was an aspiring photographer. Nichols was raised in Sacramento, California, and moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 2020. According to attorney Benjamin Crump, Nichols was underweight due to Crohn’s disease, weighing about 145 pounds (66 kg) at a height of 6 feet 3 inches (191 cm). He was a father of a 4-year boy.
Reports say, upon Tyre’s traffic stop, an initial altercation ensued during which officers deployed pepper spray and a taser. Nichols fled on foot, and within a short distance a second altercation occurred when Memphis Police Officers caught up with him, then punched and kicked Nichols’s face, and hit his back with a baton. From the footage, media outlets report that nothing shows Nichols resisting or appearing to provoke officers during the beating. He was hospitalized in a critical condition and ultimately died three days later.
Five officers – Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith – all African American, were fired from the police department. An autopsy commissioned by his family found “extensive bleeding caused by a severe beating”. On January 26, the five officers involved were arrested and charged with murder, kidnapping, assault, and misconduct. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the United States Department of Justice have both opened investigations. Furthermore, two Memphis firefighters who were involved in the initial patient care of Nichols were relieved of duty, pending an internal investigation.
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