Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old black man who was severely beaten during a traffic stop earlier this month, died in the hospital. Five police officers have been detained and charged with his murder in the United States.
On January 7, Memphis Police Department (MPD) officers pulled Mr. Nichols over for reckless driving. However, the normal traffic check rapidly turned violent, and the men in uniform tormented the black man.
The 29-year-old was hospitalized after the assault and passed away three days later.
The early results of an autopsy that his family had paid for state that Mr. Nichols “suffered considerable bleeding caused by a severe beating.” The family’s last snapshot of Mr. Nichols revealed his face to be battered and swollen.
After an internal review by the MPD revealed that the five officers, all of whom are black, had “violated various department policies, including excessive use of force, duty to intervene, and duty to offer help,” those officers were fired on January 20.
The five cops who were engaged in the traffic stop that turned tragic incident on Thursday were all detained and charged with various offenses in relation to Mr. Nichols’ passing.
The district attorney’s office is anticipated to release an update on the investigation later today. They were all charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, and official oppression.