Memphis officers involved in Tire Nichols traffic stop fired

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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 night.

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

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

The charges mentioned by Davis are internal, departmental, not criminal.

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