Tyre Nichols: Memphis Police Department to be investigated

Tyre Nichols
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After Tyre Nichols’s murder, the U.S. Is investigating Memphis Police.

The DOJ will investigate “certain systems and practices of the Memphis Police Department,” according to a statement.

Memphis’ police chief sought an investigation after Mr. Nichols’ death

In reaction to Tyre Nichols’ killing, police chiefs from throughout the country have contacted the Justice Department. They want to address how they are reviewing specialized units and whether they have proper administration, monitoring, and accountability.

Nationwide protests against police violence followed Mr. Nichols’ death. The DOJ is investigating civil rights violations.

The government will submit its findings and suggestions after study.

Memphis judge prevented the release of 20 additional hours of film and audio from the January 7 violent traffic stop that preceded Mr. Nichols’ death on Wednesday afternoon.

Judge James Jones Jr. of the Shelby County Criminal Court ordered the tape to be withheld until the five Memphis police officers accused of murdering Mr. Nichols saw it..

After Mr. Nichols was killed, special police teams have been criticized for failing to decrease street violence.

Memphis’s Scorpion Unit’s five black members face second-degree murder and additional charges for Mr. Nichols’s death (whose name stood for “Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods”).

After several complaints, the 50-person team was dissolved. Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis denied that Mr. Nichols, a single dad, was detained for dangerous driving on his way home.

According to Memphis chief legal officer Jennifer Sink, seven police officers have been dismissed. She also continued that at least thirteen others are facing disciplinary action.

Three emergency medical personnel were dismissed for Mr. Nichols’ poor treatment.

This week, Ms. Sink said the city intends to provide information on the charges and disciplinary procedures municipal employees face.

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