After the conclusion of the investigation into Tyre Nichols’ death in January, a city official announced on 7 March,23 Tuesday that more than a dozen members of the Memphis fire and police departments had been prosecuted in relation to Nichols’ fatal beating.
Jennifer Sink, the chief legal officer for Memphis, stated that administrative investigations have been carried out by both organizations to see whether any workers have broken any departmental rules.
At a presentation to the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, Sink stated that four members of the Memphis Fire Department had been accused.
According to Sink, one employee was suspended and three employees were sacked. What exactly they charge is unclear. Sink stated that additional details as well as 20 hours of audio and video from the January 7 beating would be made public on Wednesday.
The three sacked personnel were originally identified as EMTs Robert Long, JaMichael Sandridge, and Lt. Michelle Whitaker. In a statement, the fire department admitted that in dealing with Nichols, they had broken a number of departmental rules and procedures.
The identity of the fourth worker has not been made public.
In addition, 13 police officers were charged as a result of the city’s inquiry; however, charges against two of them were ultimately dropped, according to Sink.
Before a hearing could be held, seven of them were dismissed, three were suspended, and one retired, according to Sink.
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A committee member questioned whether any cop who struck Nichols was still employed by the department. One of the detained policemen “did place hands” on Nichols’ legs, according to Sink.
Yet she insisted that it wasn’t a strike or an assault. “As a result of his involvement, he was suspended.”
Prior to Nichols’ murder, five police officers were terminated and criminally accused. They are Justin Smith, Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills Jr., Emmitt Martin III, Tadarrius Bean, and Demetrius Haley. They were all accused of two charges of official misconduct, two counts of serious kidnapping, one case of official oppression, and one count of aggravated assault in addition to second-degree murder.
The anonymous officer and Preston Hemphill were “relieved of duty.”
Nichols, 29, was initially stopped by police for allegedly driving recklessly, but police chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis claimed her department hasn’t uncovered any evidence to support that accusation. Police officers may be seen using pepper spray, punching, kicking, and baton strikes on the man in a video that was made public in January.
NBC News posted on Twitter on the Fatal bearing of Tyre Nicholas given below:
More than a dozen Memphis fire and police department employees have been charged in connection with the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols, a city official said, at the conclusion of an investigation into Nichols’ January death. https://t.co/0V23CjNHh5
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 7, 2023
Eventually, he was brought to a hospital, where he passed away three days later.
Lawyers for the Nichols family claimed that the beating was comparable to the one that Los Angeles police officers inflicted upon Rodney King in 1991. Nichols’ mother, Ravaughn Wells, claimed that when police stopped her son, he was only attempting to get home.
At a news conference in January, she stated, “He was two minutes from the house when they stopped him. “When they killed him, he was only around 80 yards away. Yes, I did say murder since my son was already dead when I entered that hospital room.