Five ex-Memphis police officers were charged Thursday with second-degree murder and kidnapping in the death of a black motorist.
Officers Tadarius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith were fired Friday after a violent confrontation during a Jan. 7 traffic stop that left motorist Tyre Nichols dead.
The video of police officers beating Tyree Nichols will be released Friday at 6 p.m. local time, the DA said.
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“All of their actions led to the death of Tyre Nichols and they are all responsible,” Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy told reporters.
NBC News reported:
Five former Memphis police officers were indicted Thursday on murder charges in the death of Tyree Nichols, whose beating was captured on video after a traffic stop that “sickened” a Tennessee law enforcement officer.
Officials – Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith – after Police Chief CJ Davis said he violated department policies during the Jan. 7 stop that led to Nichols’ death.
All five former officers have been charged with second-degree murder, two counts of official misconduct, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, one count of official coercion and one count of aggravated assault, prosecutors announced.
Haley and Martin were held in lieu of $350,000 bond, while Bean, Mills and Smith will have to post $250,000 to get out of custody, jail records show.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation, and the agency’s director, David Rausch, said the video will apparently be cut.
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