Tennessee Bureau of Investigation chief ‘sickened’ by Tyre Nichols video
The director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation stated he’s “sickened” by the “appalling” footage of Tyre Nichols’s arrest in Memphis.
Talking at a press convention with Shelby County District Lawyer Steve Mulroy, David Rausch stated the violent beating that occurred through the arrest on Jan. 7 “shouldn’t have occurred.”
“I’ve been policing for greater than 30 years,” Rausch stated. “I’ve devoted my life to this occupation. And I’m grieved. Frankly, I’m shocked. I’m sickened by what I noticed and what we’ve realized via our intensive and thorough investigation. I’ve seen the video … in a phrase, it’s completely appalling.”
Rausch added the actions of the officers “doesn’t replicate correct policing.”
On the identical press convention, Mulroy, the DA, announced indictments in opposition to the 5 fired Memphis cops who’re accused of murdering Nichols. Nichols was 29 when officers stopped him for alleged reckless driving earlier this month.
The indictment contains one cost of second-degree homicide, one cost of aggravated assault, two costs of aggravated kidnapping, two costs of official misconduct and one cost of official oppression. All 5 former officers have been taken into custody.
“Whereas every of the 5 people performed a special function within the incident in query, the actions of all of them resulted within the loss of life of Tyrion Nichols and they’re all accountable,” stated Mulroy.
Two Memphis Fireplace Division staff additionally concerned within the incident have been relieved of their duties pending an investigation by the hearth division. Although the 2, who haven’t been recognized, weren’t charged, Mulroy stated Thursday’s indictment doesn’t preclude extra costs in opposition to them.
Civil rights legal professional Benjamin Crump stated in an announcement the costs in opposition to the previous officers give the household hope.
“This younger man misplaced his life in a very disgusting method that factors to the determined want for change and reform to make sure this violence stops occurring throughout low-threat procedures, like on this case, a visitors cease,” stated Crump.
“This tragedy meets absolutely the definition of a pointless and pointless loss of life. Tyre’s family members’ lives have been eternally modified when he was overwhelmed to loss of life, and we’ll preserve saying his identify till justice is served.”
Video footage of the incident will probably be launched someday after 6 p.m. central time tomorrow, Mulroy stated. He expects the footage to be a mix of polecam video, SkyCop video and physique digicam video.
Video has not but been launched in an effort to keep up the integrity of the investigation, Mulroy added.
“Each to the household of Tyre Nichols and to the broader group right here in Memphis and Shelby County – all of us need the identical factor, we would like justice for Tyre Nicholas,” Mulroy stated.
“It’s my hope that if there’s any silver lining to be drawn from this very darkish cloud, is that maybe this incident can open a broader dialog in regards to the want for police reform.”
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