Five fired MPD officers indicted, booked in connection to Tyre Nichols death

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  • 2023-01-26 18:44:49Z
  • By The Commercial Appeal

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

All five former Memphis Police officers have been booked at the Shelby County Jail, and also have been indicted in the death of Tyre Nichols.

Former officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Justin Smith, Emmitt Martin III and Desmond Mills, Jr. have all been charged with one count of second-degree murder, aggravated assault-acting in concert, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of official misconduct and one count of official oppression, court records show.

The charges come just under a week after five officers from the Memphis Police Department were fired for their involvement in the traffic stop that precipitated Tyre Nichols' death over two weeks ago. Nichols died Jan. 10, three days after a traffic stop near his mother's home and after what Memphis Police called a "confrontation."

Since then, Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn "C.J." Davis said an unspecified number of other officers are under investigation for violations of department policy. Davis also said that an independent investigation will take place to look into MPD's specialized units.

According to a statement from the Memphis Police Department, officers pulled Nichols over around 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 7 and a "confrontation" ensued. Nichols eventually ran away, but was later arrested. Officers said another "confrontation" happened at that point, but he had already been detained.

It was after this that police say Nichols "complained of a shortness of breath," and was taken to St. Francis Hospital in critical condition.

He died three days later from his injuries.

A preliminary report from civil rights attorney Ben Crump's independent forensic pathologist said Nichols suffered "extensive bleeding caused by a severe beating."

The family was able to view the footage from the incident Monday, and hosted a press conference afterward. They were flanked by Crump and co-counsel Antonio Romanucci - both of whom have been retained by the family.

Romanucci said Nichols was "kicked" and was the subject of "multiple uses of force" during the "unadulterated...beating of [Nichols] for three minutes."

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The video, according to Crump, is reminiscent of the 1991 beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police.

"What we saw, regrettably, reminded us of the Rodney King video," Crump said. "But, unlike Rodney King, Tyre didn't survive."

A release date has not been set for that footage to be available publicly, but city and county officials have said it could be released in the coming days.

Lucas Finton is a news reporter with The Commercial Appeal. He can be reached at and followed on Twitter @LucasFinton.

This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: Tyre Nichols death: Memphis police officers indicted, booked


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