Tire Nichols was killed after being brutally beaten by Memphis Police officers on the evening of January 7. Nichols, a 29-year-old black man, was pulled over for what police said was reckless driving. Three days later, he died of his injuries.
It’s not the first time the police have turned around a traffic stopper in a deadly altercation. Five police officers, all black, were fired for their actions against Nichols. Each of them was charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of official misconduct and one count of official oppression. (A sixth police officer has been suspended in connection with the case.) If found guilty, the five former officers each face up to 60 years in prison on one murder charge alone.
The city of Memphis released footage from police body cameras and street cameras that showed officers repeatedly punching, kicking and bashing Nichols with a nightstick, sometimes while he was held down.
The fatal beating sparked nationwide protests and revived demands police reform in Congress.
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