The five cops have entered a not guilty plea to second-degree murder charges and other allegations against them in the case.
According to NECN, In addition to still being accused of second-degree murder in state courts for the beating death of Tyre Nichols, five former Memphis police officers were charged on Tuesday with federal civil rights crimes.
The United States indicted Tadarrius Bean, Desmond Mills, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin, and Justin Smith. Memphis district court. Each of them is accused in the four-count indictment of depriving others of their legal rights by using excessive force, failing to act, or showing purposeful indifference. They are also accused of conspiring to tamper with witnesses and obstructing justice by doing so.
Nine months have passed since Nichols was severely beaten by police during a traffic check near his Memphis home on January 7. Now, additional charges have been brought against him.
According to CNN, Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man who was severely assaulted by Memphis police officers in January, passed away from his wounds in the hospital. After a car stop and brief foot pursuit, Nichols was brutally struck and kicked by five Memphis Police Department officers. After the meeting, he needed to be hospitalized, and he passed just three days later.
Nichols’ constitutional rights to be free from an unreasonable seizure, which includes the right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a police officer, were “willfully deprived” by the five individuals, according to the federal indictment.
The five cops are also subject to federal civil litigation and state charges in Tennessee relating to Nichols’ death, to which they have pled not guilty. By order of the Memphis Police Department, all five were fired.