Officers physically abused Tyre Nichols before his death : NPR

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A photo of Tire Nichols is shown during a memorial service for him on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 in Memphis, Tenn. Nichols died on Jan. 10, three days after a traffic stop with Memphis Police.

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A photo of Tire Nichols is shown during a memorial service for him on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 in Memphis, Tenn. Nichols died on Jan. 10, three days after a traffic stop with Memphis Police.

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Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis said Wednesday that her officers’ treatment of 29-year-old Tire Nichols, who died three days after a traffic stop, was “inhumane basic’.

Nichols, who was Black, died on January 10, days after he was pulled over for reckless driving. He fled the scene of the traffic stop but was finally arrested after what the police said were two “confrontations” with officers.

Authorities said Nichols complained of “shortness of breath” after his arrest and was taken to hospital in critical condition. Nichols’ family said police beat him so badly he was unrecognizable.

Five Memphis police officers, who are all Black, and two Memphis Fire Department employees, were fired as a result of the incident.


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The following is an excerpt from Davis’ statement:

CERELYN DAVIS: In light of the horrific circumstances surrounding the death of Tire Nichols, it is absolutely up to me, your boss, to address the status of what the Department is doing, has done and will continue to do. of Memphis Police to further locate him. truth in this tragic loss – we ensure that we communicate with honesty and transparency, and that there is absolute accountability for those responsible for Tyre’s death.

These officers were found to be directly responsible for the physical abuse of Mr. Nichols. At the same time in that investigation, other MPD officers are still under investigation for violations of department policy. Some infractions are less severe than others. As this investigation and other outside investigations continue, I pledge full and complete cooperation from the Memphis Police Department with the Department of Justice, the FBI, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the office of the Shelby County District Attorney to determine the full scope of the contributing facts. for the death of Tire Nichols.

Apart from being your police chief, I am a citizen of this community we share. I am a mother. I am a caring person who wants the best for all of us. This is not just a professional failure. This is a lack of basic humanity towards another individual. This incident was heinous, random, and inhumane. And in the vein of transparency, when the video comes out in the coming days, you will see this yourselves.

I expect you to feel what the Nichols family feels. I expect you to feel outrage at the lack of respect for basic human rights, as our police officers have taken an oath to do the opposite of what was shown in the video. I expect our citizens to exercise their First Amendment right to protest, to demand action and results. But we want to make sure that our community is safe in this process. None of this is a calling card for inciting violence or destruction upon our community or against our citizens.

In our hurt, in our outrage and frustration, there is still work to be done to build each other up to continue the momentum of improving police and community relations and partnerships, to show those who see us now that this behavior is not what will define our community and our great city.

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