The Memphis Police Department has fired five police officers in connection with the death of Tyre Nicols, who passed away in a hospital after being arrested by police officers earlier that month.
Investigators working on an internal review of the arrest found the officers violated policies for use of force, duty to intervene and duty to render aid.
Nichols’ family voiced its approval of the terminations according to a statement from their attorneys.
According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Nichols was originally stopped on January 7, for reckless driving. On January 7, District Attorney, Steve Mulroy contacted the TBI to look at allegations regarding excessive use of force during the arrest.
On January 20, the MPD announced that the five officers involved, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr, and Justin Smith would be fired. The five officers are all black.