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  • Writer's pictureKaren Brittingham-Edmond


Above picture of a kind-hearted Tyre Nichols proudly wearing his Black natives' insignia T-shirt.

A grand jury has indicted the five former Memphis Police Department officers on charges ranging from second-degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct, and official oppression for the death of Tyre Nichols. Tyre Nichols was the father of a young son, an amateur photographer, and a longtime skateboarder. He had worked at FedEx for the past nine months with his stepfather. Nichols died on January 10, 2023, of kidney failure and cardiac arrest after a vicious beating three days earlier during a simple, traffic stop. Body camera footage of the fatal traffic stop was released today, January 27, 2023. Viewing the violent footage of five officers murdering 29 yr old Tyre Nichols is traumatizing, and the public is being forewarned. The victim's mother, Rowvaughn Wells, told reporters, "Tyre was two minutes away from home when police pulled him over on January 7."

Pictured above Tyre Nichols's parents mourning the loss of their beloved son.

All five officers charged are African American. They were part of what's known as the Scorpion unit, which stands for "Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods." The five officers were fired earlier this month after Tyre Nichols' death. The five officers were booked into the Shelby County Jail Thursday. Bail was set between $250,000 and $350,000 for all five. Two Memphis firefighters have also been relieved of duty while an internal investigation occurs.

Above the former officers are Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Justin Smith, Emmitt Martin, and Desmond Mills Jr.

Memphis and other cities are now bracing for mass protests over the police killing of Tyre Nichols. After the public views the police bodycam video that shows the five officers pepper-spraying, tasing, kicking, and beating Nichols for three minutes. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations Director David Rausch said the video is "absolutely appalling." In 2016 a lawsuit said that one of the officers accused in Tyre's murder allegedly assaulted a prisoner. Officer Demetrius Haley was one of three correction officers reportedly involved in the assault of the prisoner Cordarlrius Sledge in Shelby County, an assault that left him unconscious. Sledge later filed a lawsuit, but a judge dismissed it in 2018, saying Sledge did not correctly serve one of the defendants with a summons.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigations Director David Rausch with Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy

Per a Roland Martin Unfiltered report, civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump said that the charges against the former officers give the family hope. “This young man lost his life in a particularly disgusting manner that points to the desperate need for change and reform to ensure this violence stops occurring during low-threat procedures, like, in this case, a traffic stop,” said Crump.

Above picture attorney Ben Crump Esq. Standing with Mama Rose and Rodney Wells

Thank you for reading. Continued prayer for Nichols's family members, far and near.

The song below Mary Mary's "Wade In The Water - God's Gonna Trouble The Waters"


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