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Former Memphis Cop Pleads Guilty in Tyre Nichols Death

Desmond Mills Jr. was one of five Memphis cops charged after the fatal beating

(Newser) - A former Memphis police officer changed his plea to guilty Thursday in the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols , becoming the first of five officers charged to reverse course. Desmond Mills Jr. entered his plea during a hearing at the Memphis federal courthouse as part of a larger agreement to settle...

Fired Officers Enter Pleas in Tyre Nichols Civil Rights Case

The four also face state murder charges

(Newser) - Four former Memphis police officers pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal civil rights charges in the violent beating and death of Tyre Nichols after a traffic stop nine months ago. Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills, and Justin Smith were led by US Marshals into a courtroom wearing handcuffs and...

Memphis Police Face Federal Investigation

Justice Department will examine allegations of racial bias after death of Tyre Nichols

(Newser) - The US Department of Justice said Thursday it is investigating the patterns or practices of police in Memphis, Tennessee, nearly seven months after the violent beating of Tyre Nichols by five officers after a traffic stop. Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Civil Rights Division made the announcement in...

Tyre Nichols' Family Says Autopsy Confirms 'What We Knew'

It shows he died by homicide with brain injuries from blunt force trauma, family's lawyers say

(Newser) - An official autopsy shows Tyre Nichols suffered brain damage as a result of blunt force trauma as he was beaten by Memphis police officers on Jan. 7, according to Nichols' family. The family of the 29-year-old Black man who died three days after the brutal assault for which five former...

Tyre Nichols' Family Sues Memphis Police

Lawsuit names city, 7 officers

(Newser) - The family of Tyre Nichols has sued the city of Memphis, individual officers, and emergency medical personnel involved in his case. Lawyers for Tyre Nichols’ mother, RowVaughn Wells, filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Memphis. The suit, seen by the AP , seeks a jury trial and financial damages....

Judge Blocks Release of Tyre Nichols Footage

DOJ announces review of Memphis Police Department

(Newser) - The city of Memphis says it has completed its investigation into the death of Tyre Nichols after he was beaten by police—but a judge has blocked the release of 20 hours of video and audio recordings, along with personnel files. The request was filed Wednesday by an attorney for...

Ex-EMT: It's Cops' Fault I Didn't Render Aid to Tyre Nichols

Robert Long says police refused to take off Nichols' handcuffs, meaning EMTs couldn't check his vitals

(Newser) - A former Memphis Fire Department emergency medical technician told a Tennessee board Friday that officers "impeded patient care" by refusing to remove Tyre Nichols' handcuffs, which would have allowed EMTs to check his vital signs after he was brutally beaten by police. Robert Long, whose license was suspended for...

5 Memphis Cops Enter Their Pleas in Tyre Nichols' Death

All 5 plead not guilty; due back in court on May 1

(Newser) - Five former Memphis police officers pleaded not guilty Friday to second-degree murder and other charges in the violent arrest and death of Tyre Nichols , with the judge urging patience in a case that could "take some time." Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills Jr., Emmitt Martin III, and...

Documents: Officer Didn't Give Tyre Nichols Reason for Stop

Newly released documents provide fullest account yet of officers' actions

(Newser) - The officer who pulled Tyre Nichols from his car before police fatally beat him never explained why he was being stopped, newly released documents show, and emerging reports from Memphis residents suggest that was common, the AP reports. The Memphis Police Department blasted Demetrius Haley and four other officers as...

After Tyre Nichols' Beating, a Pic Began Making the Rounds

Police officials now say cop Demetrius Haley, since fired, circulated pic of Nichols to at least 5 people

(Newser) - Five Memphis police officers have been fired and charged with murder in the death of Tyre Nichols , the 29-year-old Black man who died three days after a brutal beating during a traffic stop. Now, a new allegation against one of those former cops: According to documents released by the Memphis...

Biden Has 'Impossible Speech' to Give

President delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday night

(Newser) - President Biden delivers his second State of the Union address Tuesday night, but don't expect a raft of specific new policy proposals given the near impossibility of making them reality in a divided Congress, reports the AP . Instead, expect a speech offering Americans general reassurances that the nation is...

Memphis Cop Who Said 'I Hope They Stomp His Ass' Is Fired

Preston Hemphill is 6th police officer booted from the force after brutal beating, death of Tyre Nichols

(Newser) - A sixth Memphis officer was fired Friday after an internal police investigation showed he violated multiple department policies in the violent arrest of Tyre Nichols, including rules surrounding the deployment of a stun gun, officials said. Preston Hemphill had been suspended as he was investigated for his role in the...

'Tyre Nichols Should Have Been Safe'

Kamala Harris was among thousands at Memphis funeral service

(Newser) - Tyre Nichols' loved ones were joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, the Rev. Al Sharpton, director Spike Lee, and more than 2,000 others at his funeral in Memphis on Wednesday. The service was a celebration of the 29-year-old's life—and a call for justice. Nichols died three days...

Videos Contradict Police Report on Tyre Nichols Arrest

Report claimed officer was the victim of assault

(Newser) - As with the initial police report after the death of George Floyd, the police report filed after the brutal beating of Tyre Nichols in Memphis paints a very different picture from what is seen in videos. The report written by a police officer claims Nichols was angry, "started to...

Fire Dept. Lieutenant Never Left Truck for Tyre Nichols

She's among 3 Memphis Fire Department employees fired

(Newser) - The fallout continues over the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols during an arrest in Memphis:
  • Fire department: The city's Fire Department fired three employees Monday who responded to the scene, reports USA Today . EMTs Robert Long and JaMicheal Sandridge and Lt. Michelle Whitaker lost their jobs for failing to

Tyre Nichols' Parents, Monterey Park Hero Invited to SOTU

Biden will deliver his second SOTU address next Tuesday

(Newser) - President Biden will deliver his second State of the Union Address next Tuesday and the guests will include the parents of Tyre Nichols, the Memphis man who died days after he was brutally beaten by police. Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Sunday that Nichols'...

Memphis Cop 'Relieved of Duty' Over Nichols Beating

Preston Hemphill is 6th Memphis police officer to be disciplined over the brutal arrest

(Newser) - A sixth Memphis Police Department officer has been disciplined for his involvement in the brutal beating and arrest of Tyre Nichols, a department spokeswoman said Monday. Officer Preston Hemphill was relieved of duty shortly after the Jan. 7 arrest of Nichols, who died three days later at a hospital, said...

Trump Weighs In on Tyre Nichols Beating

It 'never should have happened,' says former president

(Newser) - Former President Trump said the footage of the brutal beating of Tyre Nichols by five Memphis police officers is “horrible” and that the attack “never should have happened.” “I thought it was terrible. He was in such trouble. He was just being pummeled. Now that should...

Memphis Police Shut Down Scorpion Unit

Chief reverses after pleas from Tyre Nichols' family, community activists

(Newser) - The Memphis Police Department announced Saturday that it's disbanding the force's Scorpion unit after five of its officers took part in the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols. Chief Cerelyn Davis said she made the decision after consulting Nichols' family, community leaders, and other officers in the special unit,...

As Police Kicked and Beat Him, He Kept Yelling Out One Thing

'Mom!' Tyre Nichols repeatedly screamed during Memphis beating, heard on video released Friday

(Newser) - The City of Memphis released videos Friday evening of the arrest and brutal beating by police officers of Tyre Nichols, who died three days later. The footage—which included three bodycam videos and a pole surveillance camera video—showed "extremely violent scenes," per the New York Times , including...

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