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After the Memphis Man is arrested, five police officers shoot him

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Memphis, Tennessee (AP) — Five Memphis Police Department officers have been fired for excessive use of force, failure to intervene and failure to provide assistance after the arrest of a man who later died in hospital during a traffic stop, officials said Friday. .

The police chief said Tadarius Bain, Demetrius Haley, Emmett Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith were involved in the Jan. 7 arrest of 29-year-old Tire Nichols.

Authorities said the Memphis Police Department conducted an internal investigation into the arrest of Nichols, who died three days later. Disciplining followed the completion of the investigation.

The Memphis Police Public Information Officer stated that the five fired officers are black.

The US Department of Justice opened a civil rights investigation. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation also reviews the force used during the arrest.

The Nichols family, along with protesters who stormed a police station and the National Civil Rights Museum, pressed for the release of police footage and demanded that the officers be charged.

Relatives accused the police of beating Nichols and giving him a heart attack. Authorities said Nichols had a medical emergency.

Police say Nichols was arrested after officers pulled him over for reckless driving. Authorities said there was a confrontation when officers approached the driver and he ran away before he was confronted again by pursuing officers, who arrested him. He complained of shortness of breath and was taken to hospital.

Officials said the cause of death has not yet been determined.

Relatives said that the arresting officers were in an unmarked car and that Nichols suffered cardiac arrest and kidney failure at the hands of the officers who beat him.

Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “CJ” Davis and Mayor Jim Strickland said video footage of the arrest will be released once the police department’s investigation is complete and available to families.

And city leaders are arranging a meeting early next week with the Nichols family, according to a joint statement from Strickland and Davis.

Attorneys Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci, who represent the Nichols family, released a statement Friday saying they support the department’s decision to fire the officers.

This is the first step towards justice for Tire and his family. They must also be held accountable for stealing the life of this man and his son from his father.

The attorneys said they “will continue to demand transparency and accountability” and plan to review the video footage to further clarify the circumstances that led to Nichols’ death.

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