Memphis Police officers involved in Tire Nichols traffic stop fired

Five Memphis Police officers involved in the traffic stop that preceded the hospitalization and subsequent death of a 29-year-old man were fired Friday evening.

The police department said in a statement that the officers, who had been on the force between two and a half and five years, violated multiple department policies, including those on use of force, failure to render aid and their duty to intervene. Tire D. Nichols of Memphis died three days after the traffic stop.

“Earlier today, each officer charged was terminated from the Memphis Police Department,” a written statement from Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “CJ” Davis said. “The egregious nature of this incident is not a reflection of the good work that our officers perform with integrity, every day.”

The charges mentioned by Davis are internal, department charges, not criminal ones.

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