The memphis police has removed from his position a sixth agent for his alleged responsibility in the death of Tire Nichols, intercepted by the security forces and whose death has led to a new wave of citizen protests over the alleged police abuses.
The institution has identified the sixth agent investigated as Preston Hemphill, although he has avoided clarifying his involvement in the case because “there is a ongoing investigation“, according to sources cited by NBC News. Hemphill had been working as a police officer since 2018 and his dismissal joins that of Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith.
This first group was separated on January 20, after some internal inquiries confirm that they exceeded the use of force on Nichols. Several crimes already weigh on them, including homicide and kidnapping.
Nichols, 29, was hospitalized on January 7 in critical condition and died three days later after being stopped by a traffic patrol. The videos released show the beatings inflicted by the police on this young man, who were also given electric shocks.