5 Memphis officers fired over Tire Nichols death

5 Memphis officers fired over Tire Nichols death

The Memphis Police Department announced Friday that it has fired five police officers following its investigation into the recent death of a Memphis man following a confrontation with police.

The Department tweeted which concluded its administrative investigation into the death on January 7 of Tire Nichols, 29, who was arrested by police for alleged reckless driving.

During the encounter with the officers, Nichols allegedly ran away when he was approached, prompting the officers to chase and eventually apprehend him, police said. Nichols was hospitalized in critical condition after complaining of difficulty breathing during the arrest and died three days later, police allege. Nichols’ cause of death has yet to be released.

PHOTO: A portrait of Tire Nichols is displayed at a memorial service for him, on January 17, 2023, in Memphis, Tennessee.  Nichols died during a traffic stop with Memphis police on January 7.

A portrait of Tire Nichols is displayed at a memorial service for him, on January 17, 2023, in Memphis, Tennessee. Nichols died during a traffic stop with Memphis police on January 7.

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“After a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding this incident, we determined that five MPD officers violated multiple department policies, including excessive use of force, the duty to intervene, and the duty to render assistance,” the department said in a statement. a statement on Friday.

The five officers have not been immediately identified and the investigation by the Memphis Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is ongoing.

The FBI and the Department of Justice have also opened a coordinated civil rights investigation into the recent death of a Memphis man after a confrontation with police, US Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee Kevin G. Ritz announced Wednesday.

“State authorities have publicly announced that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating. In addition, the United States Attorney’s Office, in coordination with the FBI’s Memphis Field Office and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, has opened a civil rights investigation, Ritz said in a statement.

Ritz added: “As this is an open investigation, we are unable to provide additional comment or release any further information at this time.”

Due to Nichols’ hospitalization, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office was contacted and TBI special agents were subsequently requested to conduct an investigation into the use of force, according to TBI.

Body camera footage of the incident has yet to be released.

In a statement from the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office, the office said they are committed to “transparency.”

“We are working with the appropriate agencies to determine how quickly we can release the video and we will do so as soon as we can. We will be sure to update the public during this process,” the statement added.

Nichols’ death sparked protests throughout the weekend in Memphis calling for the release of body camera footage worn by officers.

Mayor Jim Strickland and Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis said the video will be released “after Mr. Nichols’ family has had an opportunity to review the video in private,” according to a joint statement.

The investigation should be completed by the end of this week, according to the joint statement.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump is representing the Nichols family in the case.

“All available information tells us that this was the tragic and preventable death of a young man dear to his family and community,” Crump said. “This type of death in custody destroys community trust if agencies are not promptly transparent. The most effective way for the Memphis Police Department to be transparent with the grieving Nichols family and the Memphis community is to release the body cam and the surveillance images of the traffic stop”.

He added: “No one should be killed by a simple traffic stop – the pictures are the only way to discern the true narrative of why and how that happened to Tyre.”

The Memphis Police Department said the “involved officers will be routinely relieved of duty pending the outcome of” the TBI investigation.

ABC News’ Morgan Winsor, Ivan Pereira and Alexander Mallin contributed to this report.

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