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FutureStarrMemphis Officials to Release More Video From Tyre Nichols' Arrest
City officials plan to release more video from the night Tyre Nichols was brutally beaten by police after being pulled over for a traffic stop. Tragically, 29-year-old Nichols passed away three days after being assaulted, and five officers have been charged with his murder.
Video footage depicts Nichols being taken out of his car and ordered to the ground, with police using a stun gun on him. As Nichols lies there motionless on the sidewalk, he can be heard calling for his mother.
On Friday, video of Tyre Nichols' brutal beating by Memphis police officers sparked outrage. The footage, released in four parts on Friday, shows the 29-year-old father being pepper sprayed, kicked and punched by five officers who have since been fired and charged with his murder.
On the morning of January 27, Nichols was arrested by officers after crying out for help from his mother. He was doused with pepper spray, punched and kicked while an officer pointed a Taser stun gun at his leg. Video taken from a body camera captured this ordeal which sparked outrage across America and beyond on January 27.
This video was the first to demonstrate an incorrect arrest, leading to the dismissals of five Black police officers who have been indicted on criminal charges. It sparked a renewed conversation about justice in policing and reform, highlighting issues often overlooked in a culture accustomed to police violence against people of color.
On one video, Nichols is seen being pushed onto the ground by two officers and kicked repeatedly in the face by a third. After Nichols slumps to the ground, another officer strikes him several times across both back and head.
Video footage taken of Nichols shows him to be in severe pain and his face covered in blood. This footage forms part of a civil rights lawsuit filed by his family against the city and five former officers.
On Thursday, the city of Memphis issued a statement announcing they will release more video evidence of Mr Nichols' attack in four parts. While some portions have been redacted, all will be made public under Tennessee's public records laws.
The first video taken from a body camera shows Mr Nichols being pulled from his car and made to fall to the ground. He attempts to run away but is stopped by a police vehicle. As she screams in agony as an officer calls out for assistance, they struggle to keep him still on the ground.
Memphis officials are set to release more video from Tyre Nichols' brutal beating as prosecutors prepare to file additional charges in the case. On Tuesday, the city's chief legal officer announced that full body camera footage and audio depicting five police officers brutally beating Nichols for three minutes while yelling profanities would be released within weeks.
On January 7, Memphis Police chased Nichols after his traffic stop. As Nichols fled from the car, officers pulled him to the ground where they pinned him down with kicks. A single police officer fired a taser but only one prong hit Nichols; other cops then appear to use pepper spray canisters before one of them appears to kick him in the head.
But the footage only gives a partial account of what occurred, with many more details missing. According to one law enforcement official, up to 20 hours of unreleased video from the traffic stop will be released within the coming weeks.
In the original video, Nichols is pulled over by police in a patrol car on Ross Road. He's ordered to the ground before being sprayed with a taser shotgun, before getting up and sprinting off. Police then chase him on foot, using both Tasers and pepper spray in an attempt to subdue him.
Minutes into the video, officers appear to order Nichols to get down. He pleads with them not to hurt him and requests his mother; however, multiple officers spray pepper spray and kick him repeatedly until they finally drag him into the street.
When the video was initially released, many called for its censorship. But now that the case has gained national recognition, officials in Memphis want to release as much footage as possible.
According to a spokesperson from Shelby County Prosecutor's Office, there was more than 20 hours of unreleased footage from the incident, including audio. Mulroy indicated that prosecutors were considering releasing these clips but would wait for the city's investigation before making a final determination.
Two days after the release of surveillance footage and body camera videos depicting Memphis police beating Tyre Nichols, city officials are set to release more video from his arrest. The footage sparked a nationwide outcry and has led civil rights activists and officials alike to call for reforms within the Memphis Police Department.
On January 7, police beat Nichols to death and his death occurred three days later from excessive blood loss, according to officials. This incident sparked nationwide protests and a national conversation about police use of force.
Prosecutors on Thursday charged five Black officers with second-degree murder and other crimes in the beating of Nichols. These include Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills Jr., Emmitt Martin III and Justin Smith; all members of a team known as SCORPION Unit which specializes in street crime investigations.
On January 21, all five were fired; their attorney stated they intend to plead not guilty. Nichols was allegedly assaulted during a traffic stop, with video evidence showing multiple officers hitting him repeatedly as he cried out that nothing had been done wrong.
On police video, two officers appear to kick Nichols several times in the head and another hits him with a baton. One officer shouts, "I'm going to baton this [expletive] out of you."
Nichols screams in pain as the officer strikes him on the head with his baton, "I did nothing!" As Nichols is struck in the back with the weapon, an officer arrives and strikes him again with it.
Video evidence also reveals Nichols being handcuffed, lying on a police car and leaning against the wall during their confrontation. Officers claim Nichols reached for his gun during this time and was under the influence of marijuana.
According to the district attorney and other authorities, police claims are not supported by video or other evidence. Their actions violate federal laws against racial profiling and excessive force. Furthermore, many officers lied about their experiences to investigators and Nichols' family, according to court documents.
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