Tyre Nichols’ family will view video related to his death after Memphis arrest : 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.

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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.

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The family of Tire Nichols — a Black man who died after being arrested by Memphis Police earlier this month — is scheduled to view unreleased video footage related to his death on Monday.

Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci, two attorneys for Nichols’ family, said they would appear at a press conference after meeting with Memphis officials to view the footage.

“We will continue to demand accountability and transparency in this case, and we will not stop until we get full justice for Tire and his family,” Crump and Romanucci said in a statement.

Nichols died on January 10, three days after being stopped by Memphis Police for reckless driving. He fled the scene of the traffic stop but was finally arrested after what said the policeman there were two “confrontations” with officials.

Authorities said 29-year-old Nichols complained of “shortness of breath” after his arrest and was taken to hospital in critical condition. Nichols’ family said that the police “brutalized” him so much that he became “unrecognizable”.

A photo circulating in news reports and on social media shows a badly bruised Nichols lying in a hospital bed after his violent arrest.

Last week the Memphis Police Department said it had concluded its administrative investigation into the death of Nichols and announced that he fired five officers: Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills, Jr. and Justin Smith. Like Nichols, all officers are Black.

Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn ‘CJ’ Davis said the officers violated several police department policies, including excessive use of force, duty to intervene and duty to render aid.

“The Memphis Police Department is committed to protecting and defending the rights of every citizen in our city,” Davis said in a statement. “The egregious nature of this incident is not a reflection of the good work that our officers perform, with integrity, every day.”

the The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office said It understood the “reasonable request from the public” to see the video of Nichols’ death and that it was working to determine how quickly it could release the footage and would do so as soon as possible.

“However, we must ensure that we respect applicable laws and ethical rules so as not to jeopardize an ongoing investigation or prosecution,” the office said.

the The Department of Justice and the FBI are investigating Nichol’s death, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation it also launched its own inquiry.

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