Lawyers representing the family of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old black man who died after an encounter with police in Memphis, Tennessee, said Tuesday an independent autopsy commissioned by them found that Nichols had “profuse bleeding caused by a severe beating. “It turned out that he was suffering from.” The full findings of the report were not published.
Attorneys Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci said in a statement that the autopsy was performed by “a highly respected and nationally renowned forensic pathologist.”
“The details and findings of this independent report will be disclosed on another occasion,” the statement said.
Nichols died on January 10, three days after being caught in a traffic stop with members of the Memphis Police Department. The day after the stop, police said there was a “standoff” when officers approached Nichols’ car. He then fled the scene before another “showdown,” police said.
After seeing body camera footage of the incident, the Nichols family and their attorneys compared it to the 1991 beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police.
An attorney for the family said Tuesday that preliminary autopsy findings indicated that the injuries Nichols observed “are consistent with what the family and attorneys witnessed on video of his fatal encounter with police on Jan. 7, 2023.” ‘, he said.
Nichols’ mother, Law Vaughan Wells, told CBS Morning on Tuesday that when she watched the video, “all I heard my son say was ‘What did I do?'” Told. I just lost it from there. ”
Mr Wells said he never got to see the end of the video that showed Mr Nichols being tasted, beaten and pepper sprayed.
“I saw police brutality at its best,” Nicholls’ stepfather, Rodney Wells, told CBS Morning. ”
At a press conference on Monday, Romanucci said body camera footage showed Nichols to be “pure, unabashed and relentlessly beaten.”
No official cause of death has been released, but the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported that Nichols “succumbed to his injuries” on Jan. 10, but did not explain the nature of those injuries. Police said Nicholls had been hospitalized after complaining of “shortness of breath.” The Department of Justiceof the incident.
Five police officers involved in traffic were stopped on FridayMemphis Police Chief CJ Davis said in a statement that an “internal investigation” had determined that “multiple police department policies were violated, including excessive force, mandated intervention and mandated assistance.”
A decision on possible charges against officers is expected next week.