Memphis Police officers involved in Tyre Nichols traffic stop fired

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

The police department said in a statement that the officers, who have been on the force between two and a half and five years, violated several department policies, including in the 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 of the officers charged was fired from the Memphis Police Department,” a written statement from Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “CJ” Davis said. “The serious nature of this incident is not a reflection of the excellent work that our officers do with integrity, every day.”

The charges Davis cited are internal, departmental charges, not criminal.

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