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Sixth Memphis Police officer relieved of duty, EMTs fired, over Tyre Nichols case

Officer Preston Hemphill was relieved of duty, but not fired, shortly after Nichols' arrest.

Published: January 30, 2023 11:59am

Updated: January 30, 2023 6:31pm

The Memphis Police Department on Monday relieved a sixth police officer for alleged involvement in the confrontation with Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old black man who died three days after the encounter with law enforcement.

Officer Preston Hemphill was relieved of duty, but not fired, shortly after Nichols' arrest on Jan. 7, Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said, according to The Associated Press.

Rudolph would not detail what disciplinary action was taken against the officer nor did she explain his role in the arrest. She said the department normally releases information about officers after the investigation is over. 

Five former Memphis police officers have been charged with murder in connection to Nichols' death.

EMTs Robert Long and JaMicheal Sandridge lost their positions after failing to conduct an "adequate patient assessment" of Nichols, per the AP. Fire engine driver Lt. Michelle Whitaker was also fired for violating department policy.

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