MPD Struggles To Control Narrative on Tyre Nichols

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Tensions are simmering in Memphis as the city demands to see the body cam footage that caught the traffic stop that resulted in Tyre Nichols’ death.
In an official statement posted to the city’s website, Mayor Jim Strickland and Chief CJ Davis announced the video will be released.

“We understand and agree that transparency around the events surrounding the death of Mr. Tyre Nichols is critically important, especially the release of the video footage. Because this is an open investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), MPD has reached out to TBI and the Shelby County District Attorney, Steve Mulroy.

The video will be released publicly after the completion of the internal investigation into the actions of the officers and after the family of Mr. Nichols has had the opportunity to review the video privately.

We anticipate that MPD’s internal investigation will be completed by the end of this week.  The City has spoken with Ben Crump, attorney for the family of Mr. Nichols, and we are arranging a meeting with them early next week.”

Here’s the latest statement from Shelby County District Attorney’s Office on the Tyre Nichols Investigation:

Our office is committed to transparency and understands the reasonable request from the public to
view the video footage. However, we must ensure we abide by applicable laws and ethical rules so that we do not jeopardize an ongoing investigation or prosecution. We’re working with the appropriate agencies to determine how quickly we can release the video, and will do so as soon as we can. We’ll be sure to update the public throughout this process.

Nichols, 29, was stopped on Jan. 7 for reckless driving. As officers approached the vehicle, Nichols reportedly got out and ran off. He was later arrested after a foot chase and some sort of altercation.

Nichols complained about shortness of breath and he was rushed to St. Francis Hospital where he later died.

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