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5 officers fired over death of Tyre Nichols

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The Memphis Police Department announced Friday that it fired five police officers following their investigation into the recent death of a Memphis man after a confrontation with police. The department tweeted that it concluded its administrative investigation into the Jan. 7 death of Tyre Nichols, 29, who was stopped by police for alleged reckless driving. During the encounter with officers, Nichols allegedly ran away when approached, causing the officers to pursue Nichols and ultimately apprehend him, police said.

The Memphis Police Department announced Friday that it fired five police officers following their investigation into the recent death of a Memphis man after a confrontation with police.

The officers were identified as Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith.

The department tweeted that it concluded its administrative investigation into the Jan. 7 death of Tyre Nichols, 29, who was stopped by police for alleged reckless driving.

During the encounter with officers, Nichols allegedly ran away when approached, causing the officers to pursue Nichols and ultimately apprehend him, police said. Nichols was hospitalized in critical condition after complaining of shortness of breath during the arrest and died three days later, police allege. Nichols’ cause of death has yet to be released.

A portrait of Tyre Nichols is displayed at a memorial service for him, Jan. 17, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn. Nichols was killed during a traffic stop with Memphis Police on Jan. 7.

Adrian Sainz/AP

“After a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding this incident, we have determined that five MPD officers violated multiple department policies, including excessive use of force, duty to intervene, and duty to render aid,” the department said in a statement Friday.

Civil rights attorneys Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci are representing the Nichols family and released a statement Friday in response to the firing. They called for justice, transparency and accountability.

“We join Tyre’s family

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