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Tyre Nichols updates: Sixth Memphis police officer ‘relieved of duty’ after deadly beating video released

Protesters march in Memphis after the release of a video of Tyre Nichols being beaten by police.

The Memphis Police Department announced that a sixth officer, Preston Hemphill, has been placed on administrative leave in connection with Tyre Nichols’ beating.

Mr. Hemphill’s lawyer, Lee Gerald, confirmed to reporters that his client was the third officer at Nichols’ first stop.

“In accordance with departmental guidelines, Officer Hemphill activated the body camera,” Gerald said in a statement. “He never attended the second stage. He is cooperating with officials in this investigation.”

Mr. Nichols’ parents, Rowan Wells and Rodney Wells, accepted an invitation from the Congressional Black Caucus to attend Joe Biden’s State of the Union address next week.

Caucus chairman Stephen Horsford said he spoke to Nichols’ parents “to first give them our condolences, to let them know we support them and to ask them what they want from us at this moment.”

Mr. Horsford said he hoped to arrange a meeting between the president and the Nichols family as well.

Nichols, 29, was pulled over for a traffic stop in Memphis on Jan. 7. Three days later he died in the hospital.

Five officers – Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith – were fired by the Memphis Police Department and charged with murder.

On Friday, footage of the fateful meeting was finally released, showing Nichols being beaten with fists, kicks and clubs.

However, the footage leaves some questions unanswered, including why officers stopped traffic on Nichols’ car in the first place.


Republican Congressman Jim Jordan says “no law” can stop “evil” in Tyre Nichols’ police camera footage.

This was stated by Conservative Congressman Jim Jordan in an interview with NBC News. Meet the press that he wasn’t sure if any law could stop the “evil” displayed by a police bodycam showing officers beating Tyre Nichols.

“I don’t know if there is any law that can stop the evil that we have seen,” he said in the program.

He then accused the Democrats of trying to use the legislation to deal with issues such as systematic police abuse.

“Democrats always think it’s a new law that will fix something so terrible,” he said.

Greig GraziosiJanuary 30, 2023 20:07


Lawyer representing lawyer Tyre Nichols asks why it took so long to identify the sixth officer involved in the police beating

Ben Crump, a lawyer representing the Tyre Nichols family, has criticized the Memphis Police Department after it was announced that a sixth officer, Preston Hemphill, had been relieved of his post in connection with police beating Mr. Nichols.

“Why did it take so long for Memphis officials to reveal Ofc. The identity of Preston Hemphill and that he was reportedly relieved of office a few weeks ago but not fired or charged yet? he tweeted. “Why did a white officer participate in a brutal attack on #TyreNichols protected and protected?

Greig GraziosiJanuary 30, 2023 19:27


Congressional Black Caucus Pushes Biden to Reopen Police Reform Talks

Rep. Stephen Horsford, Congressman from Nevada who is chairman of the CBC, said in a statement Sunday that the caucus is asking for a meeting with Mr. Biden “to push talks on much-needed national reforms in our justice system.” in particular the actions and conduct of our law enforcement agencies”.

Mr Horsford said Mr Nichols’ death, which was captured in a disturbing video showing him being beaten and kicked by a group of officers now facing murder charges, is “a grim reminder that we still have a long way to go.” way in solving systemic problems of the police”. violence in America.”

The Independent Andrew Feinberg has more in his story:

Greig GraziosiJanuary 30, 2023 19:00


The sixth police officer suspended in Tire, Nichols, confirmed to have fired a taser during the confrontation

Preston Hemphill, the sixth Memphis cop to be disciplined for beating Tyre Nichols, reportedly shot Nichols with a stun gun on the night of the confrontation that preceded his death.

The Memphis Police Department announced that Mr. Hemphill was placed on administrative leave in connection with the collision.

According to ABC 7, he was the officer who shot Mr. Nichols with a stun gun as he tried to run from the police, who stopped him.

Greig GraziosiJanuary 30, 2023 18:34


A gruesome video showed Memphis police brutally beating Tyre Nichols. But these 8 questions remain unanswered

The country spent the weekend dealing with disturbing body camera footage showing Memphis cops beating Tyre Nichols during a traffic stop.

While the incident has become clearer through footage, prosecutors and the Memphis Police Department still haven’t answered a few questions.

The Independent Rachel Sharp explores these questions in her story below…

Greig GraziosiJanuary 30, 2023 17:52


Newly suspended Memphis police officer Preston Hemphill tasered Nichols’ tire during a traffic stop

Memphis Police Officer Preston Hemphill was reportedly the third officer to arrive at the scene of Tyre Nichols’ beating.

Mr. Hemphill’s lawyer, Lee Gerald, confirmed to ABC 7 that his client was the third officer at Nichols’ first traffic stop.

“In accordance with departmental guidelines, Officer Hemphill activated the body camera,” Gerald said in a statement. “He never attended the second stage. He is cooperating with officials in this investigation.”

Footage from the officer’s body camera was included in footage released Friday.

Greig GraziosiJanuary 30, 2023 17:15


Sixth Memphis officer suspended

A sixth Memphis police officer was reportedly suspended from the department following the death of Tyre Nichols.

A department spokesman told Fox13 Memphis that Officer Preston Hemphill has been relieved of his post.

The spokesperson did not provide details on how Mr. Hemphill’s release is linked to Mr. Nichols.

Greig GraziosiJanuary 30, 2023 16:28


Neighbors and visitors start a makeshift memorial in the area where Tyre Nichols was beaten by Memphis police.

A makeshift memorial to Tyr Nichols was erected in the area where five Memphis police officers allegedly beat him, resulting in injuries that were ultimately fatal.

Neighbors and visitors have left balloons, flowers, and stuffed animals at the site in memory of Mr. Nichols.

Greig Graziosi30 January 2023 15:45


Memphis police issued Tyre Nichols 71 commands within 13 minutes, analysis claims.

Video analysis carried out New York Times found that Memphis cops issued 71 commands to Tyre Nichols within 13 minutes of stopping his vehicle.

As noted in the analysis, some of the commands given to Mr. Nichols were confusing and contradictory. In other cases, officers required Mr. Nichols to comply with orders he had already complied with, such as “getting down on the ground” when he was already on the ground.

Body camera footage of the arrest appears to show that Memphis officers are using Mr. Nichols’s inability to follow a series of vague and sometimes impossible commands to justify an escalation in their response tactics.

Greig GraziosiJanuary 30, 2023 15:15


Tire Nichols Skatepark Action Planned in Sacramento

A Sacramento skate park that Tyre Nichols regularly frequents said it plans to picket in his honor at 6:30 p.m. PST.

Mr. Nichols was a regular visitor to the park before he moved to Memphis in 2020.

Niko Chapman, who grew up in the area, fondly remembered Mr. Nichols. He recalled Fox 2 how, when he was younger, his parents would only let him visit the skatepark if they knew Mr. Nichols would be there to help look after him.

“You remember people who were very kind to you, and Tyr was just a very kind person,” Mr. Chapman said. “He just always made me feel welcome.”

Greig GraziosiJanuary 30, 2023 15:00

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