2 hearth dep’t workers eliminated amid investigation into loss of life

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Two Memphis Hearth Division workers have been faraway from obligation whereas the company conducts an investigation into the loss of life of a Black man after a violent arrest that led to the firing of 5 cops.

The staff have been concerned within the preliminary affected person care of Tyre Nichols, the Memphis Hearth Division mentioned in an announcement.

Memphis cops beat Nichols on Jan. 7 for 3 minutes, treating him like “a human piñata” in a “savage” encounter harking back to the notorious 1991 police beating of Los Angeles motorist Rodney King, attorneys for his household mentioned Monday after the household noticed police video.

Lawyer Ben Crump mentioned the video that the household seen confirmed that Nichols — a 29-year-old FedEx employee and father — was shocked, pepper sprayed and restrained after he was pulled over for a site visitors cease close to his house. He was returning house from a suburban park, the place he had taken photographs of the sundown.

The fireplace division workers have been “relieved of obligation” final week whereas an inside investigation is performed, the company mentioned. No additional info was launched.

Nichols’ loss of life has led to a few separate legislation enforcement investigations — and five Black officers were fired last week after a police probe decided that they used extreme power, and failed their duties to intervene and render help.

Nichols’ household has agreed to investigators’ request to attend per week or two earlier than making the video public to “ensure that to offer this household what they need most, and that’s justice,” Crump mentioned.

Shelby County District Lawyer Steve Mulroy mentioned in an announcement Monday that investigators don’t need to threat compromising the investigation.

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