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Video of Tire Nichols' arrest in Memphis shows an episode of extreme police brutality


The young African-American died in hospital three days after being pulled over for "reckless driving." A group of five policemen beat him to death

The Memphis police have published this Friday the video of the fatal beating that five uniformed officers gave to the young Tire Nichols, 29, on January 7.

In the recording, which combines footage from the officers' body cameras and aerial footage, the officers, who have been charged with second-degree murder, are seen trying to restrain the suspect by his car, before he, from the ground, I managed to break free and escape on foot.

Several minutes later, they catch up with him after a chase and the rain of punches and kicks begins, and the discharges of tasers.

Nichols is heard saying, "I'm just trying to get home."

Three days later, Nichols died at the hospital.

He was African-American, as were the officers who stopped him for "reckless driving," according to the report.

The officers face a possible sentence of 15 to 60 years in prison for second-degree murder.

In Memphis, but also in the rest of the United States, the authorities asked for calm in anticipation of the protests that the publication of the video may cause.

The cops are Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills, Jr., Emmitt Martin III, Justin Smith, and Tadarrius Bean, and they were fired after a few days.

They are also charged with aggravated assault and kidnapping for their actions during the arrest, which attempted to escape officers on foot.

They finally arrested him next to his home and he had to be admitted for the blows he received.

The victim died three days later in hospital as a result of the beating.

The case has captured national attention this week after the victim's family had access to this recording, now broadcast on television, on Monday.

Later, they explained that they had seen him punched, kicked and electrocuted with a stun gun.

Even the president of the United States, Joe Biden, has called Nichols' parents this Friday to offer his condolences.

"During the conversation, the president praised the family's courage and strength," the White House reported.

The lawyer for the Nichols family, Ben Crump, has asked that the speed of the authorities in prosecuting the attackers serve as an example for future cases of police abuse, although he has suggested that everything has gone faster this time. because the five defendants are also African-American.

"The brutality was extreme," the young man's stepfather had stated at a press conference on Monday.

“He didn't deserve that.

(...) What the video shows is horrible.

No father or mother should go through that pain."

One of his lawyers offered, for his part, a graphic description that made its way into newspaper headlines: Nichols was a "human piñata for those police officers," he said.

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Source: elparis

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