Death of Tire Nichols: More layoffs after brutal police operation in Memphis

Death of Tire Nichols
More layoffs after brutal police operation in Memphis

After the death of Tire Nichols: demonstrators protest in Memphis against police violence. photo

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After the deadly police operation against the African American Tire Nichols, five police officers have already been dismissed from the service – now further personnel consequences follow.

After the brutal police operation against a black man in the US city of Memphis, there are further personal consequences. The Memphis Fire Department announced it had fired two paramedics and an ambulance driver. The Memphis Fire Department chief said they did not provide adequate medical care to the victim, 29-year-old Tire Nichols, after the police violence.

Another police officer had previously been released from duty. This was reported by several US media, including the broadcaster CNN and the “New York Times”, citing the police in Memphis. According to media reports, it is a white police officer. It is still unclear what role this official played in the operation, it said. First, five black police officers who were directly involved in the operation were dismissed from duty. Charges were brought against her. The five men are accused of second-degree murder and aggravated assault.

Background is the death of 29-year-old Tire Nichols. The young man was brutally beaten by police officers during a traffic stop in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 7. He succumbed to his injuries in hospital three days later. The case has sparked protests across the US and reignited debate over police violence against African Americans.

A coalition of black Democrat members of Congress invited the Nichols family to attend US President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address to both houses of Congress next week. According to an employee of the congress group, the family accepted the invitation.


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