Officer Tyre Nichols’ death has resulted in the suspension of seven Memphis police officers.


Officer Tyre Nichols’ death has resulted in the suspension of seven Memphis police officers. As the investigation into Tyre Nichols’s death proceeds, the Memphis Police Department (MPD) has announced the rest of a seventh officer.

Nichols was apparently stopped for irresponsible driving on January 8 and severely beaten by an officer; the officer, who has not been identified, was removed from duty the following day. On Friday, graphic footage of the incident was uploaded online.

Nichols was first shown being pulled over and tased by police after they stopped his car, but he managed to get away and run when the video cut out. Five other Black officers from Memphis eventually caught up with Nichols, and as he yelled for his mom, they used pepper spray and a stun gun and punched and kicked him repeatedly.

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After a white officer hired in 2018 named Preston Hemphill was linked to the first stop of Nichols, the department announced the suspension of a seventh officer.

The agency said in a tweet, “Officer Hemphill’s actions and involvement have been under review as he participated in the initial traffic stop and the use of a TASER.”

While MPD investigated the five officers directly involved in assaulting Nichols, leaving him with critical injuries that eventually led to his death on January 10, news of Hemphill and the seventh officer’s participation was delayed.

Internal Affairs detectives for the MPD “prioritized interviewing officers and witnesses connected to the second site, where the most heinous portions of the incident occurred,” according to the statement.

The investigation of “Officer Preston Hemphill and other officers’ actions and inactions” began on January 8, 2023, and is ongoing.

Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith, the five cops first identified in the event, were all terminated on January 20 and have now been indicted on second-degree murder charges.

On Monday, the Memphis Fire Department also announced the dismissal of two EMTs and a lieutenant for many policy and protocol violations during the incident’s response.

The district attorney’s office in Shelby County has indicated that additional charges may be filed, but none have yet been.

In light of new information, we reserve the right to implement new fees in addition to the ones listed above. The district attorney’s office has stated, “We are looking at all persons engaged in the events leading up to, during, and after the beating of Tyre Nichols.” “This includes the officer present at the first confrontation which has not— so far— been charged, personnel from the Memphis Fire Department, and those who engaged in compiling documentation of the incident after the fact.”