Tire Nichols Arrest Video and Memphis Police News
Tire Nichols was a father, a man who loved his mom and a free spirit who was looking for a new life in Memphis, Tennessee, his relatives say.
That life was tragically cut short earlier this month after a violent arrest by five Memphis police officers.
Now, as attention turns to the charges against the officers involved, Nichols’ family wants the world to know the man he was.
The 29-year-old was the baby of his family, the youngest of four children. He was a “good boy” who spent his Sundays doing laundry and getting ready for the week, said his mother, RowVaughn Wells.
Above all, Nichols loved being a father and loved his son, his family said.
“All he was trying to do was get better as a father to his 4-year-old son,” attorney Ben Crump said at a family news conference.
Nichols was someone who brought joy to everyone.
“When he walks through the door, he wants to give you a hug” Crump saidspeaking on behalf of the Nichols family.
Nichols’ daily life was ordinary at times, as he worked and spent time with his family, but he also made time for his passions, his mother said.
Nichols worked the second shift at FedEx, where he had worked for about nine months, she said.
He was coming home during his break to eat with his mom, who was cooking dinner.
Nichols liked his mom’s homemade chicken, made with sesame seeds, just the way he liked it, Wells said.
When he wasn’t working, Nichols would head to Shelby Farms Park to skateboard, something he had been doing since he was 6 years old. He would wake up on Saturdays to go skating or sometimes he would go to the park to enjoy the sunset and take pictures of it, his mother said.
“My son wanted to go watch the sunset every night, it was his passion,” she said.