As of January 30, 2023, Six Memphis police officers has been relieved of their duties after a traffic stop that led to 29-year-old Tyre Nichols death earlier this month.
Body camera video was released on Friday shows the officer, identified by police and his attorney as Preston Hemphill, firing a stun gun at Nichols as he initially ran from officers during the January 7th stop.
Five other officers – Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmittt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith – were fired on January 20th after an administrative investigation found they had violated department policy on the use of force.
The former officers were charged with second-degree murder, two counts of official misconduct, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, one count of official oppression and one count of aggravated assault, prosecutors announced last week.
“The current charges do not preclude us from adding additional charges as more information is presented. We are looking at all individuals involved in the events leading up to, during, and after the beating of Tyre Nichols. This includes the officer present at the initial encounter who has not — so far —been charged, Memphis Fire Department personnel, and persons who participated in preparing documentation of the incident afterward,” Mulroy’s office said in a statement.
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