BREAKING: Five Officers Involved in the Beating Death of Tyre Nichols Arrested Ahead of Video Release
Five Memphis police officers who were fired for their involvement in the beating death of Tyre Nichols have been arrested
Five Memphis police officers who were fired for their involvement in the beating death of Tyre Nichols have been arrested and booked into the Shelby County Jail on Thursday.
The arrests come a day before police have said they plan to release a video of Nichols’ death – a video that came with a warning from officials.
Five Officers Arrested for Death of Tyre Nichols
The five officers are charged with the following:
- Justin Smith: Two counts of official midconduct, official oppression, second-degree murder, aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated kidnapping.
- Tadarrius Bean: Second degree murder, aggravated assault – act in concert, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of official misconduct and official oppression.
- Demetrius Haley: Two counts of official misconduct, official oppression, second degree murder, aggravated assault – act in concert, and two counts of aggravated kidnapping.
- Emmitt Martin III: Charges TBA
- Desmond Mills Jr.: Second-degree murder and other charges.
All five were fired last Friday as part of the department’s internal investigation.
Memphis Police released a statement to social media which reads, “The Memphis Police Department has concluded its administrative investigation into the tragic death of Mr. Tyre Nichols. After a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding this incident, we have determined that five (5) MPD officers violated multiple department policies, including excessive use of force, duty to intervene, and duty to render aid.”
The Horrifying Death of Tyre Nichols
Tyre Nichols (29) was beaten to death after a traffic stop on January 7. Nichols was transferred to a hospital and died January 10.
It’s unclear exactly how brutal the assault by officers was, but family was shown the bodycam footage earlier this week and say he was treated like a “human pinata.”
And the assault was apparently bad enough to need a warning from police ahead of the video’s expected imminent release.
New York Post reports, “Memphis’ top cop has warned the local community not to react with ‘violence or destruction’ when the body camera video of the brutal beating of black motorist Tyre Nichols is released, as law enforcement agencies across the country Thursday brace for possible unrest.
Police Chief Cerelyn Davis issued a video statement Wednesday night, in which she described Nichols’ beating as ‘heinous, reckless and inhumane’ — but at the same time urged the community not to lash out in response to the video.
‘I expect you to feel what the Nichols family feels,’ she said. ‘I expect you to feel outrage in the disregard of basic human rights, as our police officers have taken an oath to do the opposite of what transpired on the video.’
‘I expect our citizens to exercise their First Amendment right to protest, to demand action and results,’ she continued. ‘But we need to ensure our community is safe in this process. None of this is a calling card for inciting violence or destruction on our community or our citizens.’”
Some have suggested that the officers were arrested as much for their protection as any due course of law.
This is a developing story.