Memphis Police Release Video Showing Tyre Nichols' Fatal Beating  

Memphis Police Release Video Showing Tyre Nichols’ Fatal Beating  

 Tyre Nichols’ Fatal Beating: Authorities in Memphis on Friday made a video of the beating of Tyre Nichols by police officers after a traffic stop that resulted in his hospitalization and demise. The four films made available by the Memphis Police Department feature footage from both body-worn and surveillance cameras.

Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis, the city’s chief police official, has previously called the behavior depicted in the upsetting and gruesome video “heinous, reckless, and brutal.” Nichols, 29, was detained by Memphis police on January 7 and sent to the hospital in critical condition. Three days later, he passed away.

The police first claimed that Nichols fled during the reckless driving stop and that a “confrontation” took place to detain him. However, details regarding what transpired between Nichols and the police officers have been scant. However, Davis claimed on Friday on MSNBC that a review of the available camera footage and an inquiry could not “substantiate” the reckless driving allegation.

Family and attorneys call the video “horrific.”

On Monday, a private screening of the tape was made available to Nichols’ family. RowVaughn Wells, his mother, only survived for the first minute, according to Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci, his family’s attorneys. Wells remarked, “What I’ve heard is quite horrible,” even though she hadn’t seen all the material.

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In a Friday news conference, she said, “Any of you with kids, please don’t let them see it. Southwest Tennessee Community College switched to virtual courses on Friday after Memphis-Shelby County Schools canceled Friday after-school programs in preparation for expected protests in response to the video’s release.

Wells encouraged peaceful protest at a candlelight vigil held on Thursday night in Tobey Park in Memphis. She declared, “I don’t want us to burn down our towns or tear up the streets because it is not what my son stood for.

According to Romanucci’s description on Monday, the three-minute-long video was an “unadulterated, unashamed pounding.” Crump, referring to the 1991 eyewitness footage of Los Angeles police officers beating a Black man, said it reminded him of “the Rodney King video.”

In an interview on CNN on Friday morning, Nichols’ mother discussed her sadness and said that by the time she arrived at the hospital after his arrest and met him, “He was already gone.”

They had severely beaten him. She said he had bruises all over him, and her son’s nose resembled an “S.” His head was bloated like a watermelon, his neck was popping from the swelling, and they snapped his neck. According to Crump, Nichols’ final three words on camera were three “gut-wrenching screams for his mom.”

Davis made a video statement about the incident on Wednesday night, calling it “heinous, reckless, and brutal.” She continued, “I anticipate you feeling what the Nichols family feels.” As our police officers have taken an oath to act in a manner that is the exact opposite of what is shown in the video, “I want you to feel outraged in the contempt of basic human rights.”

Biden demands an open investigation.

During a news conference on Friday, FBI Director Christopher Wray discussed the video of Nichols’ arrest and said, “I’ve seen the video myself, and I will tell you I was shocked.” In a statement released on Thursday, President Joe Biden said the Nichols family deserved a “quick, comprehensive, and transparent investigation.”

Tyre’s passing serves as a sad reminder that more must be done to ensure that our criminal justice system fulfills its promise of providing everyone with fair and impartial justice, equal treatment, and dignity. Although he acknowledged that “outrage is reasonable,” he also asked that any protests in the coming days be calm.

The expenses

Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith were the five officers involved in the case who was fired last week after an administrative review revealed they had broken the department’s rules regarding the use of force.

Steve Mulroy, the district attorney for Shelby County, told reporters that Nichols died due to the former officers’ actions. Mulroy claimed that Nichols fled from the officers after an “initial altercation” during which “pepper spray was utilized.” Mulroy stated, “There was another altercation nearby, where Mr. Nichols sustained significant wounds. “He was hauled away by an ambulance after waiting for a while.”

Prosecutors stated Thursday that the dismissed cops had been charged with second-degree murder, two charges of official misconduct, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, one act of official oppression, and one count of aggravated assault. Nichols’ family and counsel complimented the prompt accusations and investigation during the news conference on Friday.

“We look at how quickly—in fewer than 20 days—the district attorney filed charges against them. Then we want to say that this is the model moving forward for holding accountable any officers, whether they are black or white,” Crump added.

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As of Friday morning, all five were released from custody after posting bonds. Haley and Martin posted a $350,000 bond, while Bean, Mills, and Smith posted a $250,000 bond. Since they were fired, several attempts to contact the officers for comment have been unsuccessful. Mills and Martin’s attorneys stated that their clients want to enter a not-guilty plea.

Uncertainty surrounded the other parties’ legal representation. According to the family’s attorneys, preliminary results of an autopsy performed by a forensic pathologist for Nichols’ family show that he was severely battered before he passed away. No official cause of death is listed by the Shelby County Medical Examiner’s office.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into Nichols’ case, and the US Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation following the traffic stop. There will be updates to this story as it develops.


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