Tire Nichols’s family are due to see footage of his arrest earlier this month on Monday, giving them their first opportunity to see what happened before he was taken in critical condition to a hospital, where he died days later.
Benjamin Crump, the attorney representing the Nichols family, said in a statement that the family would hold a news conference on Monday afternoon after meeting with officials in Memphis, Tennessee, and viewing the footage.
The Memphis Police Department fired five officers in connection with the death of Nichols, 29, on Jan. 10, three days after the department said officers pulled over a driver, identified as Nichols, for alleged reckless driving on the day. previous.
A confrontation ensued and “the suspect fled on foot”, police said. said in a statement on social media. Officers gave chase and another confrontation took place before the suspect was taken into custody, the statement said.
“Later, the suspect complained of shortness of breath, at which point an ambulance was called to the scene. The suspect was transported to St. Francis in critical condition,” officials said.
Nichols died a few days later, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating. The Department of Justice and the FBI have also opened a civil rights investigation.
Details about Nichols’ injuries and the cause of his death were not released. CNN has reached out to the Shelby County coroner for comment.
The Shelby County DA’s office hopes to release the video of Nichols’ arrest this week or next, a spokesperson told CNN on Monday, about a week after city officials said video taken by officers’ cameras it would be publicly released after the police department’s internal investigation was completed and the family had a chance to review the recordings.
“(The video) should be made public, it’s just a matter of when,” said director of communications Erica Williams, adding that the Nichols family is expected to meet with the prosecutor around 12 pm ET on Monday.
Williams declined to characterize the nature of the video, saying it would be inappropriate to comment on it before the family has seen it.
Asked whether authorities anticipated charges against the five officers involved in Nichols’ arrests, Williams said: “Charges, if any, will be announced later this week.”
In a statement announcing the resignation of the five directors, Police Chief Cerleyn “CJ” Davis said the “egregious nature of this incident is not a reflection of the good work our officers do”. An internal review found the officers violated the department’s policies on use of force, duty to intervene and duty to provide assistance, the statement said.
The Memphis Police Association, the union representing officers, declined to comment on the terminations, saying only that the city of Memphis and Nichols’ family “deserve to know the full account of the events leading up to his death and what may have contributed for that. .”
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