Tyre Nichols, 29 Was Brutally Beaten By a Mob of Five Memphis Police, Attorney Crump Likens it to Rodney King

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Top left, officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, and bottom from left, officers Desmond Mills, Jr. and Justin Smith.(Memphis Police Department via AP)© Provided by The Associated Press

On January 7, a Fed Ex worker named Tyre Nichols was stopped by Memphis police on his way home from enjoying some photography of the sunset at a park nearby. Nichols had no clue he end up in the hospital fighting for his life after being beaten for three minutes. Despite the termination of the five officers, attorneys on Monday said they treated Nichols like “a human piñata” in a “savage” encounter reminiscent of the infamous 1991 police beating of Los Angeles motorist Rodney King. It’s amazing the equanimity Nichols maintained while being viciously attacked by his fellow mankind, all Black men, to add. He fought for his life and lost the battle on January 10, three days after the deadly attack.

Moreover, attorney Ben Crump said police video viewed by the family on Monday showed that Nichols was shocked, pepper sprayed and restrained after the 29-year-old father was pulled over. On the other hand, another attorney, Antonio Romanucci, said that Nichols was kicked before Crump stopped him from saying more. What makes matters worse is that reportedly Nichols didn’t even put up a defense during the attack.

Family members and supporters hold a photograph of Tyre Nichols at a news conference with civil rights Attorney Ben Crump in Memphis, Tenn., Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)© Provided by The Associated Press

It Was Disgusting the Way Tyre Nichols Was Brutally Beaten

“It was an unadulterated, unabashed, nonstop beating of this young boy for three minutes. That is what we saw in that video,” he said. Adding, “There were multiple uses of force against him.”

RowVaugn Wells, second from left, mother of Tyre Nichols, cries as she is comforted by Tyre’s stepfather Rodney Wells, behind her, at a news conference with civil rights Attorney Ben Crump, left, in Memphis, Tenn., Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. Far right is Bishop Henry Williamson. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)© Provided by The Associated Press

Moreover, the attorneys said local, state and federal investigators promised to release the bodycam video to the public within a week or two. However, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations, FBI and Justice Department are investigating the incident in addition to Memphis police along with the Shelby County District attorney.

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RowVaugn Wells calls out her Tyre’s name as she is comforted by Tyre’s stepfather Rodney Wells, at a news conference Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)© Provided by The Associated Press

Meanwhile, two Memphis Firefighters involved in the initial care of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols were “relieved of duty”; pending the outcome of an internal investigation, a department spokeswoman said Monday.

Qwanesha Ward, the public information officer for the department, declined to give more information on the firefighters or whether they have been suspended or dismissed, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.

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