MPD pulls sixth officer aside in Tyre Nichols death

Protest in New York for the death of Tyre Nichols – Ron Adar/SOPA Images via ZUMA Pr / DPA

Memphis Police have removed a sixth officer from his post for alleged responsibility in the death of Tyre Nichols, who was intercepted by law enforcement and whose death has led to a new wave of citizen protests over alleged police abuses.

The institution has identified the sixth officer under investigation as Preston Hemphill, although it has avoided clarifying his involvement in the case because «there is an ongoing investigation,» according to sources quoted by NBC News. Hemphill had worked as a police officer since 2018 and his termination joins those of Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith.

This first group was removed on January 20, after internal investigations confirmed that they used excessive force on Nichols. They have been charged with several crimes, including murder and kidnapping.

Nichols, 29, was hospitalized on January 7 in critical condition and died three days later after being intercepted by a traffic patrol. The videos released show the beatings inflicted by the police on this young man, who was also subjected to electric shocks.