Five Memphis police officers fired after fatal arrest of Tire Nichols

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Memphis police on Friday identified and fired five officers involved in the Jan. 7 arrest and subsequent death of Tire Nichols, a black driver.

Until Friday evening’s announcement, the police had not much said about the circumstances leading to Nichols’ death, aside from vague references to a “showdown” with police after a routine traffic stop for allegedly reckless driving. The department has not released any body camera images, although it plans to do so next week.

Police identified the officers as Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith. The officers are all black men and had been with the department for at least two years. Mills was the longest serving officer involved in the arrest; he was hired in 2017.

No charges have yet been filed against the officers.

The family staged protests during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day-weekend in front of the city police station.

This is an evolving story. Check back later for updates.

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