The household of a Memphis, Tennessee, man who was hospitalized and died after a traffic stop by police are demanding the official release of physique digicam and safety video of the encounter.
Tyre Nichols was taken to the hospital in vital situation after Memphis police officers stopped him for reckless driving on Jan. 7, the police division mentioned in an announcement the subsequent day. Nichols died within the hospital three days later.
Civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump, who is representing the household, is asking for police to release video from the stop, saying in an announcement that “all of the available information tells us that this was the tragic and preventable death of a young man.”
“Nobody should ever die from a simple traffic stop — the footage is the only way to discern the true narrative of why and how that happened to Tyre,” Crump mentioned.
Family members additionally demonstrated outdoors the National Civil Rights Museum with protesters Monday, holding indicators with photographs of Nichols. Rodney Wells, Nichols’ stepfather, was among the many kin protesting over the Martin Luther King Jr. vacation weekend, NBC affiliate WMC reported.
“You shouldn’t be on a dialysis machine, press machine, looking like this because of a traffic stop,” Wells advised WMC.
Police mentioned a “confrontation” between Nichols and the officers occurred after they approached his automobile on Jan. 7. He ran away, and the officers pursued, police mentioned.
“While attempting to take the suspect into custody, another confrontation occurred; however, the suspect was ultimately apprehended,” the police division mentioned within the assertion Jan. 8. “Afterward, the suspect complained of having a shortness of breath, at which time an ambulance was called to the scene.”
Police gave no particulars in regards to the confrontation. A photograph supplied by his stepfather confirmed Nichols within the hospital with blood on his face and what appeared to be a swollen eye.
The police division mentioned in its preliminary assertion that the district lawyer common’s workplace had been contacted and that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation had been requested to examine. The officers, who weren’t publicly recognized, have been relieved of obligation pending the result, a routine observe.
Police Chief C.J. Davis mentioned Sunday that the division was “serving notice” to the officers of “impending administrative actions.” The division’s assertion mentioned it anticipated to conclude the “administrative disciplinary and investigative process” within the subsequent week.
“After reviewing various sources of information involving this incident, I have found that it is necessary to take immediate and appropriate action,” Davis mentioned.
Mayor Jim Strickland advised residents that the town was “prepared to take immediate and appropriate actions” as soon as the investigation was concluded.
“Make no doubt, we take departmental violations very seriously, and while we must complete the investigation process, it is our top priority to ensure that swift justice is served,” Strickland mentioned.