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Amid the gruesome video being released this weekend of the horrifying police beating of Tyre Nichols, the world is in outrage at the murderous hands of five Memphis police officers.

Several protests took place over this past weekend to express outrage for the senseless murder of Tyre Nichols.

Protesters block traffic as they rally against the fatal police assault of Tyre Nichols, in Memphis, Tennessee on Friday. Photograph: Seth Herald/AFP/Getty Images

During the protests, the Rev. Al Sharpton, says the officers who killed Tyre Nichols are a “disgrace to our race,” and called for demonstrators in New York City and elsewhere Saturday to remain peaceful because police “want violence.” 

Meanwhile, Preston Hemphill, 26, was one of the police officers who initially stopped Mr. Nichols for an alleged traffic violation prior to his fatal beating.

According to MPD, Hemphill has been relieved of duty since the beginning of the investigation.

Attorneys Ben Crump and Anthony Romanucci issued the following statement about the sixth officer:

“The news today from Memphis officials that Officer Preston Hemphill was reportedly relieved of duty weeks ago. But not yet terminated or charged, is extremely disappointing. Why is his identity and the role he played in Tyre’s death just now coming to light? We have asked from the beginning that the Memphis Police Department be transparent with the family and the community. This news seems to indicate that they haven’t risen to the occasion. It certainly begs the question why the white officer involved in this brutal attack was shielded and protected from the public eye, and to date, from sufficient discipline and accountability. The Memphis Police Department owes us all answers.”

Former Memphis Officers Who Killed Tyre Nichols Are Charged With 2nd Degree Murder

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Five Memphis police officers fired last week in connection with the beating death of a 29-year-old Black man were jailed on Thursday and each charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault and kidnapping, according to Shelby County Jail booking information.

Meanwhile, the detention center’s website said Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills, Jr., Emmitt Martin III, Justin Smith and Tadarrius Bean were booked into custody as of midday. Each is being investigated in connection with the Jan. 10 death of Tyre Nichols, who died after being severely beaten following a traffic stop on Jan. 7.

The former officers each are charged with second degree murder, “aggravated assault — acting in concert,” two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of official misconduct and one count of official oppression, the website says.

The officers beat motorist Tyre Nichols for three minutes, treating him like “a human piñata” in a “savage” encounter reminiscent of the infamous 1991 police beating of Los Angeles motorist Rodney King, attorneys for the family said Monday.

Tyre Nichols Died Similarly To George Floyd

On top of that, the family of Tyre Nichols discovered that as he was being beaten, he cried out for his mother in a similar fashion to George Floyd.

Moreover, the Memphis police department announced the firing of the five officers on Jan. 20, saying they had used excessive force and failed to intervene and render aid, violating department policy.

MEMPHIS, TN – JANUARY 23: RowVaugn Wells, second from left, becomes emotional during a press conference at Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church after she viewed footage of the violent police interaction that led to the death of her son Tyre Nichols Memphis, TN on January 23, 2023. She is flanked by attorney Antonio Romanucci, from left, husband Rodney Wells, and attorney Ben Crump. (Photo by Brandon Dill for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Nichols’s mother described him as a “gentle soul” in an interview with The Post on Monday.

“Tyre was a beautiful person,” said RowVaughn Wells, his mother. “He loved to skateboard and take pictures. He liked to go see the sunset. And most of all, he loved his mother and he loved his son.



“Those five men — their families are heartbroken as well. They hurt a lot of people when they did this. I don’t understand why they had to do this to my son.”

Newport News Teacher Shot by Six Yr. Old Is Suing School

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A Virginia teacher who was shot by a 6-year-old student during class will sue the school district, the teacher’s attorney announced Wednesday. The boy shot 25-year-old Zwerner with a handgun owned by his mother as she taught class at Richneck Elementary School in Newport News on Jan. 6.

Concerned staff warned administrators at the school three times that the student was threatening students with the gun just hours before he shot and wounded a Abigail Zwerner. The crazy part is that the administration “was paralyzed by apathy” and didn’t call police, remove the boy from class or lock down the school, the wounded teacher’s lawyer said Wednesday.

As a result, the school board voted to fire school district superintendent George Parker III as part of a separation agreement that will pay Parker a little over $502,000 in severance — two years of his current base salary of $251,000. Undoubtedly, Parker has been sharply criticized by parents and teachers since the Jan. 6 shooting.

Diane Toscano, an attorney for Abigail Zwerner, said during a news conference that she has notified the school board in Newport News that the 25-year-old teacher at Richneck Elementary School plans to sue the school district over the shooting, which left Zwerner with serious injuries.

Lawyer Diane Toscano, who represents Abigail Zwerner, the Newport News teacher who was shot by a six-year-old student, reads a statement to media on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, in Newport News, Va. (Mike Caudill/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

“On that day, over the course of a few hours, three different times — three times — school administration was warned by concerned teachers and employees that the boy had a gun on him at the school and was threatening people. But the administration could not be bothered,” Toscano said.

The Newport News Teacher Revealed Red Flags at the Onset

Not to mention another child saw the weapon at recess, and a teacher warned that the boy might have a gun in his pocket.

Abby Zwerner, a Newport News teacher was shot in the abdomen by a 6-year-old student who had brought a gun to school. (Facebook/Abby Zwerner)

Police Chief Steve Drew has repeatedly characterized the shooting as “intentional,” saying the boy aimed at Zwerner and fired one round, striking the teacher in the hand and chest. Zwerner was hospitalized for nearly two weeks but is now recovering at home, a hospital spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, the boy’s family has spoken out claiming the gun was secured, while they pray for the recovery of the teacher their son shot.

“Our heart goes out to our son’s teacher, and we pray for her healing in the aftermath of such an unimaginable tragedy as she selflessly served our son and the children in the school,” the child’s family said Thursday in a statement issued by their attorney.

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.

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.