Sixth Memphis cop disciplined after Tire Nichols arrest

An officer who was recorded using a stun gun on Tire Nichols, a 29-year-old black man who died after Memphis police beat him at a traffic stop, has been suspended pending trial. an ongoing investigation, police confirmed to HuffPost on Monday.

Five other officers involved in the Jan. 7 arrest and beating of Nichols have been fired and charged with second-degree murder and other offenses.

Preston Hemphill, a sixth officer involved, was relieved of his duties but was not fired from the department, Memphis Police Department spokeswoman Kimberly Elder said. She said the ministry would provide more information about its decision on social media.

Hemphill joined the Memphis Police Department in 2018, according to the department.

Police released body camera footage Friday showing officers beating, pepper spraying, tasing and verbally degrading Nichols during a traffic stop. Officers pulled him out of the car and gave him several verbal orders without stating why they arrested him in the first place.

Nichols died three days after the arrest. The family posted a photo of him in a hospital bed with his face disfigured by the injuries.


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