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Tyre Nichols Criminal Record: Are The Five Officers In Jail Now? Charges have been brought against each of the five officers who were fired from the Memphis Police Department following Tyre Nichols’ death following a “violent” traffic stop.
Even though only three of the officers had charges listed, all of them have been charged.
Two counts of official misconduct, one count of second-degree murder, official oppression, an aggravated assault-act committed in concert, and two additional counts of aggravated kidnapping are among the charges brought against Justin Smith, Emmitt Martin, and Tadarrius Bean.
Tyre Nichols Criminal Record: Are The Five Officers In Jail Now? Charges Details
After its internal investigation, Memphis police identified and fired five officers involved in the traffic stop due to their violation of multiple department policies.
Officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills, Jr. and Justin Smith were terminated for failing in their “excessive use of force, duty to intervene, and duty to render aid,” the department said in a statement.
Martin III, Smith, Bean, Haley and Mills, Jr. have each been charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault, two charges of aggravated kidnapping, two charges of official misconduct and one charge of official oppression, according to both Shelby County criminal court and Shelby County jail records.
Although all five former officers have been charged, it’s unclear what role each officer played in the incident.
A statement from the Memphis Police Association, the union representing the officers, declined to comment on the terminations beyond saying that the city of Memphis and Nichols’ family “deserve to know the complete account of the events leading up to his death and what may have contributed to it.”
In addition to the firing of the officers, two Memphis Fire Department employees who were part of Nichols’ “initial patient care” were also fired, department Public Information Officer Qwanesha Ward told CNN’s Nadia Romero.
What Happened To Tyre Nichols? How did 5 Police Officers kill the Black Man?
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) reports that Nichols was initially pulled over on January 7, 2023, for allegedly driving recklessly.
According to reports, he was traveling home and was stopped approximately 80 yards from his house.
Police said that as they approached Nichols, there was a conflict; then, after he fled, there was another confrontation.
Moreover, the black man was admitted to the hospital after reporting of breathing problems. On January 10, 2023, Mr. Tyre passed away three days later.
Both the TBI and the U.S. Department of Justice have initiated inquiries into Tyre’s passing.
Tyre Nichols’ family requested an autopsy, which revealed that he had experienced “extensive bleeding from severe violence.”
According to Nichols’ family, the five officers in question were in an unmarked car, and they beat him to the extent that he had a cardiac arrest and kidney failure.
Tyre Nichols Autopsy And Case Investigation
The district attorney contacted the TBI on January 7 to investigate claims of excessive “use of force” during the arrest.
The officers implicated will be subject to “administrative action,” the Memphis Police Department (MPD) declared on January 15.
Furthermore, Investigations are also being carried out by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Department of Justice.
The five policemen responsible, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith, were discharged by the MPD on January 20.
Similarly, two Memphis Fire EMTs who were in the ambulance were dismissed from their duties three days later.
Jim Strickland, the mayor of Memphis, announced that the incident’s body camera footage would be made public later in January.
On Monday, January 23, the family will receive the body camera footage; after the report’s conclusions are complete. The public will also receive it.
The black man was a “human pinata” for the officers, according to the Nichols family attorneys who watched the video before the family and it reminded them of the Rodney King video.
What did they do to Tyre Nichols?
Crump compared Nichols’ use of pepper spray, tasers, and restraint to Rodney King’s 1991 beating by the Los Angeles Police Department. Crump called the video “heinous,” “appalling,” and “deplorable.”