The video footage of Tyre Nichols’ interactions with five Memphis police officers was “horrifying,” “deplorable,” “evil,” “violent,” and “troublesome on every level,” said a lawyer for the Nichols family. A Ben Crump told reporters. Monday’s meeting after watching the body camera video.
The Nichols family, along with attorneys Crump and Antonio Romanucci, viewed body camera footage Monday morning with the support of the Memphis Police Department and the Memphis City Government.
A video of the arrest has not been released.
“What was he in it? [video] I was defenseless the whole time,” Romanucci said. It was his three minutes of pure, shameless, constant beatings on this boy.” Romanucci also said Nichols, who died on January 10, was kicked in the footage.
According to Nicholls’ mother, LawVaughan Wells, he was two minutes away from the house when he was pulled over, but less than 80 yards from the house when police arrested him.
Crump and Romanucci said footage showed Nichols not running at first when he was approached by police, saying that the FedEx where he worked said, “He was just trying to get home. I was there,” and yelled at his mother three times towards the end of the video.
“Our son ran for his life,” said Rodney Wells, Nichols’ stepfather. “He didn’t run because he was quitting drugs or guns or whatever. He ran because he was afraid for his life. If you watch the video, you can see why he was afraid for his life.” You’ll find out what life is like.”
Rowvaughn Wells spoke tearfully at a news conference, remembering how good a boy his son was and demanding justice after his death.
“If it’s going to be my last breath, we’re going to get justice for my son’s tires,” she said.
Nichols died on January 10, three days after being stopped by police on suspicion of reckless driving. He was hospitalized in critical condition after complaining of shortness of breath during his arrest.
According to his family, the Memphis man had Crohn’s disease and was suffering from severe weight loss.
“My son was already dead when I entered that room,” said Lawvaughan Wells.
The Memphis Police Department announced Friday that it had fired all five black officers involved in the incident and closed an internal police investigation.
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– Memphis Police Department (@MEM_PoliceDept) January 21, 2023The officers were identified as Tadarius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmit Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith.
Police were in patrol cars during the stop, but some of the vehicles were unmarked, according to the family’s attorney.
The video footage is expected to be released this week or next, according to an official statement from the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office on Monday.
“Transparency is a priority for the DA office, and we understand the public’s desire for immediate release. However, it is important that the release does not undermine the investigation,” the statement said. rice field.
The FBI and the Justice Department continue to coordinate. Tyre Nichols death investigation Alongside the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.
Crump and Romanucci have announced they will launch their own civil investigation.
Nichols’ death sparked protests in the Memphis community, with citizens demanding the release of body camera footage.