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They reveal the video of the fatal beating of Tire Nichols by the police


The Memphis Police revealed this Friday the video of the violent arrest of Tire Nichols, a 29-year-old black man, on January 7 after a traffic stop. Nichols died three days later from injuries he sustained during the incident with five officers, now criminally charged on various charges.

Police chief: Nichols arrest shows 'disregard for life' 10:31


The city of Memphis released police body camera footage and surveillance video Friday showing the traffic stop and violent police confrontation that led to the death of Tire Nichols, a 29-year-old black man. .

Nichols passed away three days after the incident from the injuries he sustained.

There are five former police officers criminally charged on various charges.

  • Breaking news and news on the death of Tire Nichols

CNN had previously obtained snippets of the police radio communication before Nichols' arrest.

Parts of the recording are inaudible, but some of the conversation between an agent and the operator can be heard.

Tire Nichols family lawyer highlights attitude of authorities 2:32

A policeman is heard saying "we've got a black man on the run" and then gives instructions to "run the car registration tag and find out what the address is", followed by what sounds like Nichols in distress.

It is not clear where in the entire incident this audio takes place or which officer is speaking.

  • The death of Tire Nichols: "You are going to see acts that defy humanity," says the police chief on the video of the arrest in Memphis

What do we know about the incident?

Nichols was pulled over by Memphis officers on January 7 for alleged reckless driving, according to a police statement.

That day, at approximately 8:30 pm local time, agents stopped a vehicle.

"A confrontation ensued between officers and the driver of the vehicle, later identified as Nichols, fled on foot, according to Memphis police. Officers detained him and "another confrontation ensued" resulting in Nichols' arrest, according to the police. police.


  • Why was Tire Nichols arrested?

An ambulance was called to the scene of the arrest after Nichols complained of difficulty breathing, according to police, and he was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

  • Who are the defendants in the death of Tire Nichols?

On January 10, three days after the arrest, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) announced that Nichols had died from injuries sustained in the "use of force incident with officers." , according to a statement.

  • How and where did Tire Nichols die?

    Preliminary autopsy data

He had a confrontation with Memphis police officers, and suffered "extensive bleeding caused by a severe beating," according to preliminary results of an autopsy commissioned by lawyers for his family.

What people who saw the video before its release have said

Tire Nichols' mother recounts how she found out about her son's arrest 2:16

Rodney Wells, Nichols' stepfather, who viewed the footage Monday with his family, lawyers and police officers, said it was clear Nichols "feared for his life" and ran.

"He didn't run because he was trying to get rid of any drugs, any guns, anything like that. He ran because he feared for his life. And when you watch the video, you'll see why he feared for his life. ".

RowVaughn Wells, Nichols' mother, asked at a vigil on Thursday that she wants supporters to demonstrate peacefully after seeing the video.

"When that recording comes out tomorrow, it's going to be horrible," Wells said.

"I haven't seen it, but from what I've heard, it's going to be horrible."

  • This is how relatives and officials who have seen the video of the arrest of Tire Nichols respond

Lawyers for Nichols' family also viewed video of the arrest on Monday and described it as "appalling."

Nichols was shocked, pepper-sprayed and physically restrained, family attorney Ben Crump said.

To the point that he compared it to the beating Rodney King received from the Los Angeles police.

Crump described the video as "appalling", "deplorable" and "appalling".

He also maintained that RowVaughn Wells, Nichols's mother, was unable to view the first minute of footage after hearing him ask, "What did I do?"

At the end of the recording, Nichols can be heard calling his mother three times, the attorney said.

In that sense, Crump said that the video "will evoke strong emotions, very strong", and reiterated the repeated calls of both the family of Nichols and the police that any demonstration or protest by the death of Nichols be done peacefully.

  • Tire Nichols' mother says ex-Memphis police officers "embarrassed" their families and the black community

Antonio Romanucci, another attorney for the Nichols family, said "it was an absolute, shameless, non-stop beating of this young man for three minutes", likening Nichols to "a human piñata".

For her part, Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn "CJ" told CNN's Don Lemon on Friday that the video footage shows "acts that defy humanity."

  • The death of Tire Nichols: "Acts that challenge humanity are going to be seen"

"You're going to see a disregard for life, the duty of care we've all sworn to, and a level of physical interaction that is above and beyond what is required in law enforcement," stated Cerelyn "CJ" Davis. this Friday to Don Lemon.

"People who see it will feel what the family felt. And if they don't feel it, they are not human beings. And we are all human beings. And I think there will be some sadness as well," he added.

Memphis Police Chief Gives Details on Tire Nichols Arrest 4:50

"I heard him call his mother, his mother," Davis said, referring to the video.

"Just the contempt for humanity... That's what really tugs at your heartstrings and makes you wonder: why did everyone who came to the scene not care about this person?"

"I was working in law enforcement during the Rodney King incident, and it's very much like that kind of behavior," he said, referring to the 1991 beating by Los Angeles police that sparked outrage around the world. country.

"I would say it's about the same, if not worse."

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Source: cnnespanol

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