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.
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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