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Memphis releases video footage of police altercation with Tyre Nichols

Memphis authorities braced for riots ahead of the footage's release and asked for outraged viewers to remain peaceful.

Published: January 27, 2023 6:12pm

Updated: February 1, 2023 6:22pm

The City of Memphis on Friday released video footage on the police altercation with Tyre Nichols that resulted in his death.

The city aired the video in four parts on Vimeo.

Each includes footage from a different source. Video 1 depicts appears to show officers forcefully removing Nichols from the car. They repeatedly tell him to "get on the ground" to which he repeatedly voices his acquiescence. Nichols then appears to wrest himself free of multiple officers and runs down the street. The officer then returns to the stopped cars.

Video 2 includes pole camera footage, lacking audio. The camera pans from an empty street to then show officers appearing to restraining Nichols at a second location. After doing so, several officers appear to either kick or hit him while others keep him restrained. They subsequently dog-pile on him, at which point more officers arrive at the scene.

Video 3 includes bodycam footage of an officer arriving at the scene, seemingly of the second location. The officer appears to pepper spray a restrained Nichols, after which Nichols cries out for his mother. More officers quickly arrive. Subsequent footage appears to show officers restraining Nichols, some appearing to hit him. The officer with the body camera seems to inform other officers of their location and more arrive shortly after.

Video 4 is blurry for the first several minutes, but becomes clear as Nichols, leaning against a car, comes into view. He is surrounded by officers.

Memphis police pulled over Nichols, 29, on Jan. 7 for reckless driving. That incident led to a "confrontation" that saw Nichols hospitalized, according to CNN. He died of his injuries on Jan. 10.

Five former officers face charges of second-degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct, and official oppression, the outlet noted. Former Memphis officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Justin Smith, Emmitt Martin and Desmond Mills Jr. stand among the defendants.

All five of the former officers are black, as was Nichols.

Memphis authorities braced for riots ahead of the footage's release and asked for outraged viewers to remain peaceful.

"Let your voices be heard, but let your voices be heard in a peaceful manner. Let's be a model for the nation, because eyes are upon Memphis today," said Shelby County Commission Chairman Mickell Lowery, per CNN.

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