Unfortunately, more details surrounding the horrific death of Tyre Nichols at the hands of Memphis cops continue to be discovered. Nevertheless, it’s a shame that the ones that are supposed to protect are the ones who murder innocent people.
Not only did the former officer who beat Nichols senseless at a traffic stop, he went even further to make fun of the crime he’d just committed by taking photos of Nichols.
Documents were released on Tuesday by the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission. Former officer Demetrius Haley stood over Nichols while he lay propped against a cop car and took photographs. Further, he sent the pics to other officers and a female friend. Despite Nichols death being horrid and unjust, the tragedy subsequently brings vindication to members of the Black community in Memphis who live in constant fear of the police.
“Your on-duty conduct was unjustly, blatantly unprofessional and unbecoming for a sworn public servant,” the Memphis Police Department wrote in requesting that Haley and the other officers be decertified.
Moreover, the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols, 29, by five police officers tells the story many residents know by heart: that any encounter, including traffic stops, can be deadly if you’re Black.