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Another Memphis police officer fired after violent arrest and death of Tire Nichols

2023-02-04T01:06:29.032Z


Former police officer Preston Hemphill has been removed from duty for violating multiple departmental policies, the Memphis Police Department said in a news release.


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Another Memphis police officer has been fired for violating multiple department policies related to the death of Tire Nichols, the Memphis Police Department said Friday.

Former police officer Preston Hemphill has been removed from duty for violating multiple departmental policies, including personal conduct and truthfulness, the Memphis Police Department said in a news release.

Hemphill, who was hired by the department in March 2018, was fired on January 30, police said.

The former officer was heard saying on body camera footage "I hope he gets stomped on his ass."

The Memphis Police Department fired Preston Hemphill after a review determined he violated several department policies.

Earlier this Friday, two first responders were suspended by the Tennessee Division of Emergency Medical Services after they failed to provide emergency care and treatment the night Tire Nichols was detained by police, the agency announced.

The medical services division said Robert Long and JaMichael Lamar Sandridge failed to provide basic emergency care for 19 minutes despite the fact that Nichols "showed clear signs of distress, including the inability to sit up and lie on his stomach multiple times."

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Long and Sandridge arrived at the scene around 8:41 p.m. the night Nichols was taken into custody, according to the Tennessee Division of Emergency Medical Services.

The board said both responders failed to perform tasks such as obtaining vital signs and conducting a full head-to-toe examination during the 19-minute period.

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“Vital signs play a key role in establishing a baseline for the patient from which deterioration of medical conditions can be measured,” the board stated in its reports.

Sandridge had been licensed in the state since November 2015 and Long had been licensed since May 2020.

The board ordered that Long's and Sandridge's licenses be "suspended" effective immediately and will remain in effect until the conclusion of a contested case hearing against Sandridge and Long, or until otherwise ordered by the board.

Sandridge and Long have until 5 pm on February 10 to make a request and present their case to the board in an informal conference, the decision says.

Five black former police officers are due to be arraigned on February 17 after being fired on January 20 in connection with Nichols' death, and then charged with seven counts each, including manslaughter, aggravated assault, aggravated unlawful imprisonment , official misconduct, and official repression, Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy announced January 27.

Two more officers, one white and one not yet publicly identified, who were placed on leave on January 8 remain under internal investigation, police said.

Nichols, a 29-year-old black man, was hospitalized after a traffic stop on January 7 and a "confrontation" with Memphis police that lawyers for the family called a savage beating.

Nichols died of his injuries on January 10, three days after the arrest, authorities said.

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While the five former Memphis officers were quickly charged with manslaughter less than three weeks after Nichols' death last month, the rest of the investigation is expected to take much longer, Erica Williams told CNN on Friday. , spokesperson for the Shelby County District Attorney's Office.

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The Shelby County District Attorney's Office said it hopes the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation concludes its investigation before the independent Justice Unit can begin its review and make recommendations on other possible charges in the case.

The district attorney's initial charges were swift because "the focus was on the five officers" whose actions were "simple and clear," Williams told CNN.

"Investigations normally take a long time," Williams said.

“I don't want to say that people were spoiled by the rapidity of the releases.

The rest of this will take much longer."

The city of Memphis last week released surveillance camera and body camera footage showing what Mulroy said are "the relevant parts" of the initial arrest and the beating of a second.

But up to 20 hours of additional footage related to the encounter has yet to be released, which could play a key role in the investigation, Mulroy said Wednesday.

The released video contradicts what the cops said happened in the initial police report filed after the beating of Nichols.

And possible "false report" charges related to the initial police report are being investigated, Williams told CNN on Wednesday.

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Days after the footage of the violent arrest was released, District Attorney Mulroy told CNN: "We investigated everyone who had any involvement in this incident."

All of the fired officers and one still on leave were part of the police unit SCORPION, created to address rising crime in the city and disbanded amid national outcry following Nichols' death, the department confirmed.

None of the fired officers had previously been disciplined for excessive force, though several had received written reprimands or short suspensions for violating department policies, their personal files show.

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