In Tennessee, the chief of the Memphis Police Department has condemned the killing of Tyre Nichols, who died of kidney failure and cardiac arrest on January 10, three days after his violent arrest following a traffic stop. Five Memphis police officers and two fire department employees have been fired in the wake of Nichols’s killing. An independent autopsy found Tyre suffered extensive bleeding after officers pepper-sprayed, tased, restrained, kicked and beat him for three minutes. Police Chief C.J. Davis urged Memphis residents not to turn to violence or property destruction after body-camera video of the assault is released.
Police Chief C.J. Davis: “This is a failing of basic humanity toward another individual. This incident was heinous, reckless and inhumane. And in the vein of transparency, when the video is released in the coming days, you will see this for yourselves.”
A federal prosecutor has launched a civil rights probe into the killing. A 2016 lawsuit says one of the five officers accused in Tyre’s beating allegedly assaulted a prisoner.