Three Memphis EMTs Fired, Seventh Officer Relieved Of Duty After Tyre Nichols’ Death

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Authorities announced Monday that three EMTs were fired and a seventh police officer was removed from duty following the Jan. 7 police beating of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tennessee, according to NBC News.

Nichols died on Jan. 10, three days after police pulled him over and ultimately beat him at another location after he fled, an incident shown in police footage released Friday. The Memphis Fire Department said the fired EMTs’ conduct in their patient response to Nichols ran afoul of department policies and protocols, and the Memphis Police Department said an unnamed seventh responding police officer was “relieved of duty,” NBC News reported.

Protesters march during a rally against the fatal police assault of Tyre Nichols, in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 28, 2023. - The city of Memphis on January 27, 2023, released a graphic video, depicting the fatal police assault of Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man. Five Memphis officers, also all Black, were charged with second-degree murder in the beating of Nichols, who died in hospital on January 10 three days after being stopped on suspicion of reckless driving. (Photo by SETH HERALD / AFP) (Photo by SETH HERALD/AFP via Getty Images)

Protesters march during a rally against the fatal police assault of Tyre Nichols, in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 28, 2023. SETH HERALD/AFP via Getty Images

Five black police officers were fired and charged with second-degree murder and other crimes in connection with Nichols’ death, while police announced that white officer Preston Hemphill was “relieved of duty,” according to NPR. Hemphill’s lawyer Lee Gerald claimed he never went to the second scene, identifying him as the officer whose body camera footage showed Nichols’ original traffic stop. (RELATED: Police Ask Public’s Help While ‘Extremely Dangerous’ Suspect On Loose, Call For ‘All Hands On Deck Operation’)

Protesters stopped traffic on the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge Friday evening amid large demonstrations in the city, and protests were held in Washington, D.C., New York and other major cities, NBC News reported.

“We have advised that this investigation is ongoing,” a Memphis Police Department representative told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Once additional information is available, we will share the information on our social media platforms.”

This article has been updated with comment from the Memphis Police Department.

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