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Nation on Edge as Five Ex-Memphis Cops Face Murder, Kidnapping Indictments in Connection to Tyre Nichols’ Death, Ahead of Release of Police Footage

January 27, 2023 | By Kali Girl

According to CNN, five former Memphis police officers #DemetriusHaley, #TadarriusBean, #EmmittMartin III, #JustinSmith and #Desmond MillsJr., were indicted on charges of murder and kidnapping by Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy, following their dismissal for their actions during the arrest of #TyreNichols. This announcement, made on Thursday, includes charges of second-degree murder, which is defined as a “knowing killing of another” in the state of Tennessee and is considered a Class A felony with a potential sentence of 15 to 60 years in prison.

The charges come approximately three weeks after Nichols was hospitalized following a traffic stop and altercation with police, which family attorneys have described as a savage beating. Tragically, Nichols passed away from his injuries on January 10, just three days after the arrest.

On Monday, family attorneys and Nichols’ family were shown video footage of the incident, which they claim shows officers severely beating Nichols. The footage has been compared to the infamous 1991 Los Angeles police beating of Rodney King.

Despite the traumatic nature of the video, Nichols’ mother, RowVaughn Wells, has urged protesters to remain peaceful. Wells, who has yet to watch the footage, has described the video release as “horrific.”

The public should be “prepared” for a disturbing scene, saying it was like an “MMA fight” while Nichols was “helpless, he was defenseless, he was restrained,” stated family attorney Antonio Romanucci.

The five police officers who are also black were dismissed for policy breaches on excessive force, failing to intervene, and failing to provide aid.

In a YouTube video released late Wednesday, Cerelyn Davis, the Police Chief, who also urged for peaceful demonstrations spoke out against the officers’ actions.

“This is not just a professional failing. This is a failing of basic humanity toward another individual,” Davis said in the video, her first on-camera comments about the arrest. “This incident was heinous, reckless and inhumane.”

Video of the tragic police encounter will include footage from both body-cameras and pole-cameras. The video is set to be released to the public on Friday evening.

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