Tyree Nichols’ brother, Jamal Dupree, said he hopes the five Memphis police officers accused of beating his brother to death during a traffic stop on Jan.
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Dupree, who lives in Sacramento, California, told Fox 40, “You want my truth? … I hope they die.”
Memphis Police Department officers initially stopped 29-year-old Nichols on January 7 for “reckless driving”. The five officers who pursued him beat the 29-year-old to death, allegedly in violation of several MPD policies.
Nicholls died in hospital three days later on 10 January.
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On January 20, MPD announced the dismissal of five officers involved in the incident, MPD Chief CJ Davis said in a press release. those days. All five were hired between 2017 and 2020.
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The former officers, including Taddeus Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith, turned themselves in and were each charged with seven counts, including one count of second-degree murder, one count of aggravated assault, One count was involved. official harassment and two cases of aggravated kidnapping and official misconduct. By Friday morning, all had been released from jail by filling the bond.
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“It doesn’t really mean anything at this point unless they are actually found guilty of the actual charges,” Dupree said. fox 40“There’s a good chance they could get away with it.”
He added that his brother’s “last words were screaming for” his mother “, and she didn’t care.”
Dupree’s comments came before the MPD released police-worn bodycam footage of his brother’s beating death. The MPD is expected to make the bodycam video — which Attorney General Merrick Garland described as “deeply troubling” — available to the public on Friday around 7 p.m. ET in major cities across the United States, including Memphis, Atlanta and New York City. Protests began on Friday evening and continued throughout the weekend in preparation for a potentially massive scale.
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The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division also launched an investigation into the incident on January 18.
“Since this is an open investigation, we are not able to provide additional comment or release further information at this time,” Kevin Ritz, the US attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, said in a statement at the time.
According to Crump, Nichols was a FedEx worker, a skateboarder, a photographer, and a father.
The civil rights attorney said, “He loved his son. All he was trying to do was be better as a father to his 4-year-old son.”