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Commission revokes certification of former officers in Tire Nichols case

A state panel on Friday decertified three Memphis police officers accused of beating Tire Nichols to death in a process that will bar police officers from enforcing the law in Tennessee.

Former officers Tadarrius Bean, Justin Smith, Emmitt Martin III, Demetrius Haley and Desmond Mills Jr. face second-degree murder charges in the death of Nichols after a Jan. 7 traffic stop.

The Memphis Police Department fired the officers and recommended revoking their certification after an internal affairs investigation found the officers violated multiple department policies.

In a hearing Friday in Nashville, the Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission — the state’s board for law enforcement certification and decertification — decided to decertify Smith, Martin and Haley. The board also approved an earlier decision by Mills to waive his certification.

Related:Administrative hearing records indicate deception and negligence in the beating of Tire Nichols

Commission revokes certification of former officers in Tire Nichols case

Neither the men nor their attorneys attended a brief hearing Thursday in Nashville, nor were they present for Friday’s hearing. Former officers will have 30 days to appeal the decision.

The board will consider decertifying Lt. DeWayne Smith, a 24-year-old veteran who supervised the officers, at a later date. Smith retired on March 1 before he could be fired.

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