Five Memphis Officers Charged For Death Of A 29y/o Man
A foot chase resulted in a man being captured and beaten. After the arrest, he required hospitalization and later died.
Five Memphis officers were charged for the death of a Tennessee man following a traffic stop.
On January 7th, 29-year-old Tyre Nichols fled from his vehicle after police pulled him over. A foot chase resulted in Nichols being captured and beaten. After the arrest, he required hospitalization and later died on January 10th.
The family of Nichols viewed the footage captured by police bodycam and called the arrest a brutal attack and a vicious beating of Nichols by police. Memphis police and city officials have also expressed shock and disappointment in the excessive use of force.
The case is being compared to the death of Rodney King, though King’s incident involved white officers, Nichols and the five Memphis officers charged are African American.
All five of the officers have been charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault, two charges of aggravated kidnapping, two charges of official misconduct, as well as official oppression.
Body cam footage from the incident is set to be publicly released on Friday.