All five officers fired over the death of Tyre Nichols who died after a ‘violent’ traffic stop have been charged and are now in custody
- FedEx driver Tyre Nichols died on January 10 following a violent altercation with Memphis police officers several days prior
- A preliminary autopsy showed he suffered ‘extensive bleeding caused by severe beating’
- Each of the five officers involved in the January 7 altercation have now been arrested and charged in connection with Nichols’ death
The five officers involved in the brutal death of Tyre Nichols are now in custody in Memphis, Tennessee after being charged in connection to the January 10 death of the young man.
The officers, each of whom was fired following the incident, have been charged, though charges were listed for just three of them.
Justin Smith, Emmitt martin and Tadarrius Bean have been charged with two counts of official misconduct, one count of official oppression, second-degree murder, aggravated assault-act in concert and an additional two counts of aggravated kidnapping.
Charges against Demetrius Haley and Desmond Mills Jr. have not yet been made public.
This portrait of Tyre Nichols was displayed at a memorial service for him on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. Family Attorney Ben Crump said police bodycam footage showed Nichols being shocked, pepper sprayed and restrained after he was pulled over minutes away from his home
All the officers, who were hired between 2017 and 2020, could face assault or homicide charges, District Attorney Steve Mulroy said (pictured L-R: Emmitt Martin II and Justin Smith)
Smith and Bean were respectively booked on $350,000 and $250,000 bonds.
Martin was indicted and turned himself in to authorities, according to his attorney, Bill Massey.
The Shelby County District Attorney will brief the press later this afternoon, according to Action 5 News.
Nichols, 29, was pulled over on January 7 by the Memphis police for what was initially reported as reckless driving.
That interaction led to a violent confrontation that put him in the hospital, where he would die three days later due to ‘extensive bleeding caused by a severe beating,’ according to preliminary results of an autopsy commissioned by attorneys for his family.
Tyre Nichols is pictured in hospital after the incident. The 29-year-old from Memphis died on January 10 from cardiac arrest and kidney failure, three days after he was pulled over for reckless driving by police in unmarked cars