Tire Nichols’ family is expected to see footage of his arrest earlier this month on Monday, giving them a first chance to see what happened before he was taken to a hospital in critical condition, where he died days later.
Benjamin Crump, the attorney representing the Nichols family, said in a statement that the family would hold a news conference Monday afternoon after meeting with officials in Memphis, Tennessee, and viewing the footage.
City officials previously said that video recorded by the officers’ body cameras will be made public after the police department’s internal investigation is finished and after the family has an opportunity to review the recordings.
The Memphis Police Department fired five officers in connection with the death of Nichols, 29, on Jan. 10, three days after the department said officers pulled over a motorist, identified as Nichols, for alleged driving. reckless the day before.
A standoff ensued and “the suspect fled the scene on foot,” police said. said in a statement on social media. The officers gave chase and another confrontation ensued before the suspect was taken into custody, according to the statement.
“Afterward, the suspect complained of having difficulty breathing, at which time an ambulance was called to the scene. The suspect was transported to St. Francis Hospital in critical condition,” authorities said.
Nichols died a few days later. according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating. The Department of Justice and the FBI also opened a civil rights investigation.
Details about Nichols’ injuries and cause of death have not been released. CNN has reached out to the Shelby County Coroner for comment.
In a statement announcing the dismissal of the five officers, Police Chief Cerleyn “CJ” Davis said the “egregious nature of this incident is not a reflection of the good work our officers are doing.” An internal review found that the officers violated department policies for use of force, the duty to intervene and the duty to render assistance, according to the statement.
The Memphis Police Association, the union that represents the officers, declined to comment on the firings beyond saying the city of Memphis and Nichols’ family “deserve to know the full account of the events leading up to his death.” and what might have contributed to it. .”