6th Memphis police officer suspended in Dyer Nichols death

MEMPHIS – The Memphis Police Department confirmed Monday that a sixth officer has been fired in connection with the incident. Death of Dyer Nicholas.

Earlier this month, five officers were fired by the department after being placed on leave He was charged last week with second-degree murder Mr. Regarding the death of Nicholas. A sixth officer, Preston Hemphill, has been placed on administrative leave; It is unclear exactly what role he played in the meeting.

On the same day that other officials were suspended, Mr. A department spokeswoman confirmed Monday that Hemphill had been placed on leave.

On the night of January 7, police officers arrested Mr. Nicholls was kicked in the head, pepper-sprayed and repeatedly beaten with batons after being dragged away. Showed no signs of fighting back In videos of the incident released on Friday. Mr. Nichols, a 29-year-old black man, died at the hospital three days after the encounter.

Officer Hemphill’s attorney, Lee Gerald, said in a statement that one of four videos of the encounter released by the city on Friday, dubbed Video 1, shows Officer Hemphill’s body from the camera.

“He was never at the second scene,” where officers said Mr. Nicholas was caught after a short foot chase and severely beaten, Mr. Gerald said of Officer Hemphill. He added that his client is “cooperating with the authorities in this investigation”.

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