Not less than 1 ex-Memphis police officer has been indicted in Tyre Nichols’ dying, lawyer says

Not less than one former Memphis, Tennessee, police officer has been indicted in reference to the dying of Tyre Nichols, his lawyer stated Thursday.

Emmitt Martin III surrendered to authorities, the lawyer, William Massey, advised NBC Information.

5 officers in whole — Martin, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith — had been fired Friday after police Chief C.J. Davis stated they violated division insurance policies throughout the Jan. 7 site visitors cease that led to Nichols’ dying.

They “had been discovered to be immediately accountable for the bodily abuse of Mr. Nichols,” Davis stated in a video assertion Wednesday evening.

Early findings in an post-mortem present that Nichols was severely crushed earlier than he died, his household’s attorneys stated Tuesday.

It was not instantly clear Thursday afternoon if indictments had been handed down in opposition to the remaining officers.

A portrait of Tyre Nichols is displayed at a memorial service for him on Jan. 17, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn.Adrian Sainz / AP

The 29-year-old Nichols died on Jan. 10, days after the confrontation with police that landed him him within the hospital.

Nichols had been pulled over within the Memphis’ Hickory Hill neighborhood for alleged reckless driving, officers stated. A “confrontation” adopted, the division stated on the time, and officers pursued Nichols when he fled on foot. Whereas attempting to take him into custody, there was one other confrontation and Nichols complained of getting shortness of breath, the division stated.

Authorities haven’t supplied particulars in regards to the confrontation.

Tyre Nichols in the hospital.
Tyre Nichols within the hospital.Courtesy household

A photograph supplied by his stepfather confirmed a hospitalized Nichols with blood on his face and what seemed to be a swollen eye.

Nichols’ household and their attorneys, Benjamin Crump and Antonio Romanucci, have seen the body-camera footage of the encounter, although that video has not been made public but.

Romanucci described it as an “unadulterated, unabashed, nonstop beating” for 3 minutes, saying Nichols was allegedly handled like a “human piñata” by the officers.

Memphis Police officers, top row, from left, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley and Emmitt Martin III. Bottom row, Desmond Mills, Jr., and Justin Smith.
5 Memphis cops had been fired in reference to a site visitors cease that led to the dying of Tyre Nichols. Prime row, from left, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley and Emmitt Martin III. Backside row, Desmond Mills, Jr., and Justin Smith.Memphis Police Division by way of AP

Household attorneys have in contrast the footage to “the Rodney King video,” referring to the 1991 bystander video of Los Angeles cops beating a Black man.

In Wednesday’s video assertion, Davis referred to as the incident “heinous, reckless and inhumane” — conduct she stated individuals can see for themselves when the video of the cease is launched within the coming days.

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