Memphis, TN — In an extremely rare move, just three days after five Memphis police officers conducted a traffic stop on Tyre Nichols, every one of the officers involved was fired. Nichols would not survive the traffic stop and after the family watched body camera footage from the incident that night, we now know why.
On Jan. 7, police pulled Nichols over. accusing him of driving recklessly the day before. According to police, Nichols — who was completely unarmed — allegedly attempted to take off on foot before "a confrontation" took place.
We now know that "confrontation" was a horrifying beating that lasted several minutes in which five cops beat Nichols like a "human piñata." What's more, according to attorneys for Nichols family, the officers who beat him to death were part of MPD’s “organized crime unit” and were in “unmarked cars,” potentially giving Nichols a reason to run as he may not have initially known they were cops.
On Monday, police showed the body camera footage to Nichols' family who was completely devastated and horrified by what they witnessed.