Justice Department opens investigation against Memphis police after Tyre Nichols death

Memphis police are facing a new investigation by the Justice Department, which announced on Wednesday that they will review the department’s policies.

The investigation will review the use of force, de-escalation policies, and the role of specialized units, a development that comes in the wake of Tyre Nichols’ death following his arrest.

According to the department’s announcement, the mayor and the city’s police chief requested a review.

“In the wake of the tragic death of Tyre Nichols, the Department of Justice has received statements from police chiefs across the country evaluating the use of specialized units and, where used, the conduct, oversight and accountability of such units,” said Deputy Attorney General Vanita Gupta.

The department had previously launched an investigation when Nichols’ death occurred; however, it was conducted from a civil rights standpoint.

According to the release, the city plans to recognize 20 hours of video and audio related to the arrest of a 19-year-old driver who died on January 10, three days after his arrest.

The new footage will be in addition to videos already released that brought Nichols’ cases and the police excesses of his arrest to light.

The six officers involved in Nichols’ death were fired, while five were charged with simple manslaughter.

The officers’ body cameras beated Nichols, placed him on top of a police car, and handcuffed him.

Police officers were members of a special unit named Scorpion, which was in charge of crime suppression. Director Cerelyn Davis disbanded this after the Tyre Nichols case.

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