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5 US officers charged with murder over beating of Black man Tyr Nichols



5 US police officers charged with murder in beating of black man

These officers were found to be directly responsible for the physical abuse of black man Tyr Nichols.


US authorities on Thursday charged five officers with second-degree murder over the fatal beating of a black man following a traffic stop in the eastern state of Tennessee.

Tyr Nichols, 29, was stopped on January 7th by the Memphis Police Department for reckless driving.

After the chase, “the police brutalized her to the point of being unrecognizable,” family attorneys Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci said in a statement.

The MPD said last Friday that the five officers, who are also black, were fired after an internal police investigation found they violated “several department policies, including excessive use of force, interference with includes the duty of and the duty to render assistance.”

According to the police, Nichols was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where he died on January 10.

“These officers were found to be directly responsible for the physical abuse of Mr. Nichols,” Memphis Police Chief Cerelin Davis said late Wednesday.

“This is not just a professional failure, it is a failure of basic humanity towards another person. This incident was heinous, reckless and inhumane.”

Five officers — Justin Smith, Taddeus Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III and Desmond Mills Jr. — were additionally charged with aggravated assault and aggravated kidnapping. All are now in police custody.

The family’s attorneys said, “Today’s news from Memphis officials that these five officers are being held criminally accountable for their deadly and brutal actions gives us hope that we will continue to push for justice for Tyre.” Will keep.”

Officials have said that a video of the episode exists and will be released after 6pm Central Time on Friday (0000 GMT Saturday).

Davis said, “I hope you feel outraged at the disregard for basic human rights.”

Lawyers for the family who viewed the clip said they “saw with their own eyes the despicable manner in which they lost their lives at the hands of the Memphis police.”

The lawyers said that Nichols’ beating “points to a dire need for change and reform to ensure that this violence is occurring during low-threat procedures, such as in this case, a traffic stop.”

Racial injustice and police brutality have been in the spotlight in the United States since the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis in 2020.

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