Officer allegedly sent photo of Tire Nichols after beating him

Demetrius Haley, one of the Memphis police officers who allegedly beat Tire Nichols in now infamous video footage, allegedly sent a photo of Nichols after the beating to a friend and four others.

Nichols was allegedly beaten by officers on January 7, 2023, during a traffic stop. He died three days later.

USA Today reported that documents obtained through a public information request on standards and training for peace officers revealed that footage on Haley’s “personal cell phone” showed he allegedly took “two pictures while that he was standing in front of the obviously injured subject after being handcuffed”.

Haley reportedly “admitted (he) shared the photo in a text message with five people; a civilian employee, two MPD agents and a female acquaintance.

The Associated Press noted that documents indicate Haley was “driving an unmarked car and [wearing] a black hoodie over his head”, and that he allegedly “forced Nichols out of his car using profanity, then sprayed him directly in the eyes with an irritating chemical spray”.

At some point after the beatings began, Haley allegedly took the photo(s).

Five officers – Haley, Desmond Mills Jr., Tadarrius Bean, Justin Smith and Emmitt Martin III – have been fired and charged with second-degree murder in connection with Nichols’ death.

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