March 8, 2023 10:55am
Updated: March 8, 2023 11:36am
The Justice Department on Wednesday announced that it will review the Memphis Police Department's procedures and produce a national guide for officials to use in assessing specialized policing units in the wake of Tyre Nichols' death.
The review, which was requested by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis, will be conducted through the agency's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. It will "cover policies, practices, training, data and processes" relating to the department's "use of force, de-escalation and specialized units," the Justice Department said.
Separate from the review, the federal government plans on producing a guide to help local officials "assess the appropriateness of the use of specialized units as well as how to ensure necessary management and oversight of such units," the Justice Department also said.
Nichols, who is black, died Jan. 10 three days after a traffic stop made by Memphis police officers.