The Memphis Police Division introduced Friday it had fired a sixth officer from the pressure after additional investigating the loss of life of Tyre Nichols final month.
Officer Preston Hemphill “violated a number of division insurance policies,” the police division assertion mentioned, together with these associated to “private conduct” and “truthfulness.”
Nichols, a 29-year-old Black father, died within the hospital after being overwhelmed by a number of officers on Jan. 7 in Memphis, Tennessee, in a confrontation that started with a visitors cease. 5 officers have been fired Jan. 20 and have been charged with second-degree homicide and aggravated assault, amongst different expenses. The later launch of movies from police physique cameras and different footage additional infected tensions over brutal police ways.
Hemphill, who’s white, joined the Memphis division in 2018. Information of his firing comes days after the division mentioned he’d been relieved of obligation however didn’t disclose Hemphill’s position in Nichols’ arrest.
The Memphis Police Division confirmed Friday that “a number of” officers are nonetheless underneath investigation for his or her involvement within the arrest.
“Updates concerning different actions can be made out there within the coming days,” the division added.
Earlier this week, the Memphis Hearth Division introduced that it, too, had fired three staff in reference to Nichols’ loss of life. The 2 emergency medical technicians and a lieutenant had responded to the scene of Nichols’ arrest on Jan. 7.
To date, solely 5 individuals ― former Memphis cops Desmond Mills, Justin Smith, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley and Emmitt Martin ― have been charged. Nevertheless, the Shelby County district legal professional’s workplace indicated earlier this week it’s contemplating bringing expenses in opposition to extra individuals and continues to analyze what occurred the evening of Nichols’ deadly beating.
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