- Memphis Chief of Police Cerelyn Davis says that it is the worst she has witnessed in her career
- Justin Smith, Desmond Mills Jr., Emmitt Martin III and Tadarrius Bean have all been released from jail
- Only Demetrius Haley remains in Shelby County Jail on a $350,000 bond, according to court records
By EMMA JAMES FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
The Memphis Police Chief has warned that footage of five officers beating Tyre Nichols to death is worse than that of Rodney King.
King was brutally attacked by LAPD officers in 1991, with their acquittal the following year sparking one of the worst race riots in US history.
Tyre, 29, died in hospital on January 10, three days after five officers viciously beat him during a traffic stop.
Footage of the incident will be uploaded to YouTube by the police department at 7pm EST – with actions being taken amid fears of violent protests.
Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis said the footage is the worst she has witnessed in her career.
‘We are going to see acts that defy humanity, a disregard for life, duty of care and a level of physical interaction that is above and beyond what is required in law enforcement,’ she said Friday morning.+19View gallery
Tyre Nichols is pictured in hospital after the incident. The 29-year-old from Memphis died on January 10 from cardiac arrest and kidney failure, three days after he was pulled over for reckless driving by police in unmarked cars+1
TOP L-R: Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III. BOTTOM L-R: Desmond Mills, Jr. and Justin Smith
Four of the five Memphis Police officers charged in the death of Tyre have been released on a combined $1million bond after being arrested yesterday.
Justin Smith, Desmond Mills Jr, Emmitt Martin III and Tadarrius Bean have all now been released from Shelby County Jail, according to court records.
A fifth office, Demetrius Haley is still in jail with a $350,000 bond, with all five charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of official misconduct, and official oppression.
Shelby County District attorney Steve Mutlroy said Tyre was left ‘bloody and bruised’ after he was pepper sprayed and beaten just yards from his home.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation conducted an independent investigation into the use of force by Memphis cops.
All five were fired last Friday for violation of police, with City officials saying they were notified on January 15.
Davis said that the cops were ‘amped up’ when they stopped Tyre, with two of the officers being part of a special team to stop street crime.
“I was outraged. It was incomprehensible to me. It was unconscionable… I don’t think I’ve witnessed anything of that nature my entire career.”
Memphis Police Chief tells @donlemon officers “absolutely” did everything wrong in their arrest of Tyre Nichols pic.twitter.com/7GHZLpZU4M— CNN This Morning (@CNNThisMorning) January 27, 2023
Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis said that the video of the attack on Nichol’s was the worst of her career+19View gallery
Tyre Nichols, 29, died in hospital on January 10, three days after a traffic stop that ended with him being severely injuredChief Cerelyn Davis’ makes public statement concerning Tyre NicholsProgress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time4:06FullscreenNeed Text
TIMELINE OF EVENTS IN NICHOLS’ DEATH
January 7: Police pull over Tyre Nichols on suspicion of reckless driving at 8.30pm. Tyre fled on food after a ‘confrontation’ but was apprehended by cops soon after.
An ambulance was called to the scene after Tyre complained of shortness of breath, and was transferred to hospital in a critical condition.
January 10: Three days after the stop Tyre, 29, died from his injuries sustained in the incident. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced that they were looking into his death.
January 15: Five officers are relieved of duty while the investigation into their use of force continues. Preliminary findings indicate the serious nature of the offences. All of the officers were given a notice regarding the impeding administrative actions.
January 18: The Department of Justice announces that a civil rights investigation has been opened into the death of Tyre.
January 20: Memphis Police Department identifies, and fires five offices involved in the traffic stop, due to their violation of multiple department polices.
Officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills, Jr, and Justin Smith’s jobs were terminated for failing in their ‘excessive use of force, duty to intervene, and duty to render aid’.
Two Memphis Fire Department employees who were part of Nichols’ ‘initial patient care’ were also fired.
January 23: The family of Tyre Nichols and their attorney, Ben Crump, view the footage of his arrest for the first time. Crump compares it to the assault of Rodney King by LAPD officers in 1991.
January 26: All five officers are charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault, two charges of aggravated kidnapping, two charges of official misconduct and one charge of official oppression.
January 27: Four of the former officers each paid bond of $250,000 each to be released after their arrest.
She said that the nature of the stop was ‘very aggressive’ and it just ‘escalated from there.’
Davis told CNN that the video of the attack left her ‘outraged’ and that the level of violence was ‘incomprehensible’ to her.
She added: ‘I’m sure that individuals watching will feel what the family felt. And if you don’t, then you’re not a human being.
‘I would say it is about the same if not worse than the 1991 beating of Rodney King. A group think mentality.’
The police chief added that there is ‘no proof’ that Tyre was driving recklessly when he was pulled over – with cops failing to substantiate claims that he was.
The Police Chief added that she heard Tyre call out for his mother in the video, which will be released later on today.
Tyre’s family has hired civil rights attorney Ben Crump to represent them, and also compared the beating of the FedEx worker to that of Rodney King.
Speaking to CNN, his mother RowVaughn Wells said that her son was ‘beat like a pinata’.
She said: ‘Yes, he cried out for me, because I’m his mother. He was trying to get home to safety. He was a mamma’s boy.
‘He loves me to death. He has my name tattooed on his arm. He had Crohn’s disease, and he had surgery in 2013.
‘I told my husband my stomach is hurting so bad, and once I found out what happened, it was just the fact that I was feeling my son’s pain.
‘I was feeling my son’s pain as they were beating him to death. They brought shame to their own families. They brought shame to the black community.
‘I don’t hate anybody. That’s not in my nature, I just feel sorry for them because they did something horrendous.’
She also told Don Lemon that she was unable to watch the footage, leaving Tyre’s step-father, Rodney Wells to witness the ‘horrific’ footage.
The family has set up a GoFundMe in Tyre’s name to help raise money for his funeral and case.
Tyre was reportedly able to get away from the officers after the initial stop, but they found him again at another location, with Davis adding: ‘There was an amount of aggression that was unexplainable.’
However, Davis said she does not believe that the incident was ‘racist’ – adding that it ‘takes off the table that issues and problems in law enforcement is about race.’
She went on: ‘It is about human dignity, integrity, accountability and the duty to protect. As this video will show – it doesn’t matter whose wearing the uniform.’
Memphis Police Chief tells @donlemon the video of Tyre Nichols’ beating at the hands of Memphis Police is “about the same if not worse” than the 1991 police beating of Rodney King, which led to riots in Los Angeles: pic.twitter.com/cmB7fcD1br— CNN This Morning (@CNNThisMorning) January 27, 2023
Five former Memphis police officers have been charged with second-degree murder and other crimes in the arrest and death of Tyre NicholsFive ex-officers charged with second degree murder of Tyre NicholsProgress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time5:17FullscreenNeed Text+19View gallery
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump speaks at a news conference with the family of Tyre Nichols on Thursday
Memphis Police confirmed that they planned to release the video late on Friday to avoid any ‘peaceful protest’ disruptions to members of the community.
The daughter of Rodney King, who was beaten by LAPD officers in 1991, has warned Tyre’s family that they will be in for a ‘world of hurt’ once the footage is made public.
Lora King told TMZ that the whole thing would be playing ‘on a loop’ in their heads after seeing the footage.
She was only seven when her father was attacked, with the police brutality sparking riots when the officers involved were acquitted.
Lora warned that there is ‘no way to be normal’ after the video is released later on Friday evening.
A year after the rioting in LA, four officers stood trial in federal court on civil rights charges, with two being acquitted and two found guilty.
They were sentenced to 30 months in prison, with King also suing the city of Los Angeles and was awarded $3.8 million in damages. +19View gallery
RowVaughn Wells said that her son was ‘beat like a pinata’ by the officers who dragged him out of his carTyre Nichols’ family lawyer: He was a human pinata for those officersProgress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time4:22FullscreenNeed Text+19View gallery
People attend a candlelight vigil in memory of Tyre Nichols at the Tobey Skate Park on January 26 in Memphis
“It’s about human dignity, integrity, accountability, and the duty to protect our community.”
Memphis Police Chief tells @donlemon she does not believe race was a factor in Tyre Nichols’ violent arrest pic.twitter.com/icbIG39leS— CNN This Morning (@CNNThisMorning) January 27, 2023
Dozens of people peacefully paid tribute to the murdered Fed-Ex worker, with police gearing up to deal with potential violence after footage of the incident is released
David Rausch, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, described the video as ‘absolutely appalling.’
He said: ‘Let me be clear: What happened here does not at all reflect proper policing. This was wrong, and this was criminal.’
In addition to the five officers charged Thursday, Davis said in the statement that other officers also are under investigation.
Two Memphis Fire Department personnel also have been relieved of duty pending an investigation.
President Biden has also called for calm ahead of the release of the video – adding: ‘Outrage is understandable, but violence is never acceptable.’
He said: ‘As Americans grieve, the Department of Justice conducts its investigation, and state authorities continue their work, I join Tyre’s family in calling for peaceful protest.+19View gallery
President Biden urged for calm before the video release, saying: ‘Violence is destructive and against the law. It has no place in peaceful protests seeking justice’+19View gallery
In addition to the five officers charged Thursday, Davis said in the statement that other officers also are under investigation+19View gallery
Tyre’s parents attended a candlelight vigil for their son on January 26 ahead of a video being released on January 27
‘Violence is destructive and against the law. It has no place in peaceful protests seeking justice.’
‘Tyre’s death is a painful reminder that we must do more to ensure that our criminal justice system lives up to the promise of fair and impartial justice, equal treatment, and dignity for all.
‘We also cannot ignore the fact that fatal encounters with law enforcement have disparately impacted Black and Brown people.’
Schools in Memphis are canceling all after-school activities in the ‘interest of public safety’ with a showcase being postponed for a week because of the footage release.
It comes as major US cities are bracing for possible violence after the release of the footage, with Georgia Governor Brian Kemp calling in the National Guard in a state of emergency in Atlanta.
He has called in 1,000 troops to be called up in an attempt to prevent the unrest and chaos that took place in last week’s riots – and could be even more extreme following the release of the graphic footage.
Please see the important message from MSCS. We understand that students and staff may have questions or need support regarding these traumatic events, and we have provided principals resources that staff may use to help support our students. pic.twitter.com/0sjTr3amHA— Toni Williams (@SuptCFOToni) January 27, 2023
Capitol Police officials are also beefing up security on the Hill amid heightened concerns over the release of the videoMemphis demands justice for Tyre Nichols at candlelight vigilProgress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time0:32FullscreenNeed Text+19View gallery
She also told Don Lemon that she was unable to watch the footage, leaving Tyre’s father Rodney RowVaughn Wells to witness the ‘horrific’ footageMPD announces to action against officers who ‘beat man to death’Progress: 0%0:00PreviousPlaySkipMuteCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time2:39FullscreenNeed Text
The order said the state of emergency was declared because of ‘unlawful assemblage, violence, overt threats of violence, disruption of the peace and tranquillity of this state and danger existing to persons and property.’
Protestors took to the streets of Atlanta after the death of activist Manuel Terna, 26, who was shot and killed by Georgia State Patrol after allegedly shooting a state trooper who was trying to clear protesters from the area.
Authorities were trying to clear the construction site of a new $90million public safety training center dubbed ‘Cop City’ which has come under fierce opposition from demonstrators.
Police departments in Austin, LA, and Washington are all preparing for possible unrest after the release of the footage.
Austin cops are monitoring the situation and will be ‘will be moving into tactical alert status beginning Friday morning’.
The NYPD also confirmed that they are monitoring the situation in Memphis.
Capitol Police officials are also beefing up security on the Hill amid heightened concerns over the release of the video.
Workers were spotted on Thursday evening unloading fencing near the Capitol – which are usually used for crowd control.