Latest from Tire Nichols: Allegations of past beatings against Memphis officer emerge as body camera video release looms

5 Memphis officers fired for involvement in Tire Nichols’ death

One of five Memphis police officers fired in connection with Tire Nichols’ death has been accused of beating an inmate years earlier, reports say.

A lawsuit uncovered this week alleged that former officer Demetrius Haley participated in an assault on an inmate in May 2015. The lawsuit, filed in 2016, was ultimately dismissed on procedural grounds.

Last week Mr Haley was fired from the Memphis Police Department for his involvement in a January 10 traffic stop in which Nichols, 29, was allegedly beaten. The black man died a few days later.

An independent autopsy published by the family has since revealed that Nichols suffered from “profuse bleeding” before his death.

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, Kevin Ritz, vowed Wednesday to conduct a full and thorough civil rights investigation.

He noted that the long-awaited release of body camera footage showing the traffic stop will be left to state and local authorities.

Nichols’ family met with police earlier this week to review the video, which civil rights lawyer Ben Crump described as “appalling, heinous, violent and disturbing”.

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Once again, a community scarred by police brutality demands video evidence of what happened

After the shock death of Tire Nichols, members of the Memphis community want police body camera video of what happened during a fatal traffic stop in January.

However, despite previous promises to release the video, city officials are now dithering.

“Transparency remains a priority in this incident, and the premature release could negatively impact the criminal investigation and the legal process,” Police Chief Cerelyn Davis said in a statement. “We are working with the district attorney’s office to determine the appropriate time to release the video recording.”

Graeme MassieJanuary 26, 2023 9:05 a.m.

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Details of Tire Nichols’ funeral revealed

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy at Tire Nichols’ funeral Feb. 1 at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis, Tennessee.

The funeral will be open to the public, the family announced.

“The universe works for my brother, and I love it,” said Keyana Dixon, Nichols’ older sister. The commercial appeal. “His light will eclipse the dark way he left us.”

Graeme MassieJanuary 26, 2023 07:01

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Video of Tire Nichols’ arrest will be released on Friday

The Tennessee Sheriff’s Association has written to the National Sheriffs Association (NSA) advising law enforcement that videos of Tire Nichols’ arrest are expected to be released Friday, according to WTVF.

Nichols died on January 10, 10, following a brutal confrontation with Memphis police on January 7, and law enforcement is now warning his release could spark public unrest.

An independent autopsy for the family concluded that he was suffering from “profuse bleeding caused by severe beating”.

“Due to the nature of the content of the video, it is believed that it may elicit reactions outside of traditional protest. There is potential for public safety risk to communities and law enforcement officers that extend outside of Shelby County (Memphis) TN. region,” the letter reads.

Graeme MassieJanuary 26, 2023 05:01

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Allegations of past beatings against fired officer emerge

Following the death of 29-year-old Tennessee father Tire Nichols after a traffic stop, five Memphis Police Department officers were removed from their duties. One has now been revealed to have been prosecuted for allegedly beating an inmate unconscious in 2016.

The police are accused of beating Mr Nichols so badly on January 7 that he died in hospital three days later.

Officer Demetrius Haley was one of three prison officers charged in an April 2016 lawsuit in a US District Court in Tennessee for assaulting inmate Cordarlrius Sledge, who was then imprisoned in Shelby County.

Sledge filed the lawsuit without an attorney, and it was dismissed in 2018 by a judge who found he had improperly served a subpoena on one of the defendants, NBC News reported.

Judge Thomas Anderson did not comment on the allegations made by Sledge when he dismissed the lawsuit on March 2, 2018.

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Graeme MassieJanuary 26, 2023 02:30

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U.S. Attorney Promises Full, Thorough Civil Rights Investigation

Mr. Ritz, the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, promised a full and thorough civil rights investigation into the Tire Nichols investigation at Wednesday’s press conference.

He said he met the Nichols family this week and promised to bring them justice if needed.

However, he warned that the investigation “will take time”.

On the release date of the body camera video, Ritz said it would depend on state and local authorities.

Graeme MassieJanuary 26, 2023 12:15 a.m.

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Autopsy shows Tire Nichols was badly beaten before he died, family lawyers say

The Shelby County Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to release an official cause of death in the highly controversial case. But the 29-year-old Memphis man’s family have hired their own medical examiner to examine the death.

Preliminary findings from the examination revealed that Nichols “suffered profuse bleeding from a severe beating,” family attorneys Benjamin Crump and Antonio Romanucci said Tuesday.

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Graeme MassieJanuary 25, 2023 9:02 p.m.

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Memphis Fire Department lays off two people after Tire Nichols’ death

The MPD says two employees have been “relieved of duty” and an internal investigation is underway into the black man’s death days after he was arrested by police on January 7.

Memphis Fire Department spokesperson Qwanesha Ward told NPR that unidentified employees were “involved in providing first aid to patients” at Nichols.

“This is an ongoing investigation, and we cannot comment further at this time,” Ms Ward said.

In this photo provided by WREG, Tire Nichols’ stepfather, Rodney Wells, right, holds a photo of Nichols in the hospital after his arrest, during a protest in Memphis, Tennessee, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023.

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Graeme MassieJanuary 25, 2023 8:22 p.m.

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The US Attorney will speak about the investigation

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, Kevin G Ritz, is scheduled to speak about the Tire Nichols investigation in a few minutes.

His remarks are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. local time (10:30 a.m. ET).

Megan SheetsJanuary 25, 2023 3:18 p.m.

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An officer fired in the death of Tire Nichols has been charged with brutally beating an inmate in 2016

One of five Memphis police officers who were fired over the alleged death of Tire Nichols had been accused of beating an inmate unconscious years earlier, according to a federal civil rights complaint.

The lawsuit was filed against former officer Demetrius Haley in April 2016 in the U.S. District Court in Tennessee by Cordarlrius Sledge, BNC News reported.

Mr Sledge accused Mr Haley of being among three prison officers who assaulted him while he was behind bars at the Shelby County Division of Corrections in May 2015.

Mr Sledge said officers searched his cell and baselessly accused him of throwing contraband before attacking him.

He claimed Mr Haley and another officer punched him in the face before the third officer threw him into a sink. He later woke up in a hospital bed at the facility.

The lawsuit was thrown out in 2018 after a judge ruled that Mr Sledge – who filed the complaint without a lawyer – had failed to properly serve a subpoena on one of the defendants.

This image provided by the Memphis Police Department shows Officer Demetrius Haley.

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Megan SheetsJanuary 25, 2023 12:29

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Tire Nichols investigation results in layoffs, suspensions across multiple Memphis departments

Two Memphis Fire Department employees have been fired as the agency investigates the death of a black man after a violent arrest that resulted in the firing of five officers.

Employees were involved in providing first aid to patients at Tire Nichols, the Memphis Fire Department said in a statement.

On Jan. 7, Memphis police beat Nichols for three minutes, treating him like “a human piñata” in a “savage” encounter reminiscent of the infamous 1991 beating of Los Angeles motorist Rodney King, his family’s lawyers said Monday. seen the police video.

More details in our full story.

Josh MarcusJanuary 25, 2023 07:59