A former Memphis police officer has pleaded guilty in the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols, becoming the first of five officers charged to reverse course.
Five former Memphis police officers are now facing federal civil rights charges in the beating death of Tyre Nichols as they continue to fight second-degree murder charges in state courts arising from the killing.
The DOJ said even in the majority Black city of Memphis, the police department may be disproportionately focusing its traffic enforcement on Black drivers.
Tyre Nichols died three days after the Jan. 7 traffic stop where Memphis police officers were seen on video punching and kicking him.
Former Memphis police officers Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin, Justin Smith, and Desmond Mills can no longer work in law enforcement in Tennessee.
The Memphis officer was allowed to retire with his pension and other benefits a day before a hearing to fire him.
A seventh Memphis Police Department employee has been fired for his role in the fatal arrest of Tyre Nichols, while an eighth police employee retired.
Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills Jr., Emmitt Martin III, and Justin Smith made their first court appearances on Friday in Nichols’ violent arrest and death.
The sheriff's office does not believe the two deputies will face criminal charges.
The Memphis police chief has said she saw no justification in video of the incident for pulling Tyre Nichols over in the first place.
The officer who pulled Tyre Nichols from his car before police fatally beat him never explained why he was being stopped, newly released documents show, and emerging reports from Memphis residents suggest that was common.
Six officers already have been fired and one more has been relieved of duty after Nichols was pulled over for an alleged traffic violation and beaten by Memphis police.
This year's guests are said to "personify issues or themes to be addressed by the President in his speech."
“My proceeds from these will go to the Tyre Nichols Memorial Fund, which includes plans to build a public skatepark in his honor," the skateboard legend said on social media.
Tyre Nichols' family and friends remembered him with songs of faith and emotional tributes Wednesday, blending a celebration of his life with outraged calls for police reform after the brutal beating he endured at the hands of Memphis police.
The White House said Vice President Kamala Harris was invited to the funeral services planned for Wednesday by Tyre Nichols’ parents. According to the White House, Harris spoke with Nichols' family on the phone.
The family of Tyre Nichols plans to speak about the latest developments in the case, including the suspension of two officers and the firing of three emergency responders.
Memphis police say two more officers involved in the arrest, beating and death of Tyre Nichols have been disciplined.
Demetrius Haley, 30, and four other former Memphis police officers have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Tyre Nichols.
Tyre Nichols' case exposes an uncomfortable truth: More than two years since the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks touched off protests, policing reforms have not significantly reduced such killings.