Memphis officials planned to release a trove of additional video and audio evidence in connection with the fatal police beating of Tyre Nichols Wednesday, a day after it was announced that a seventh officer was fired for their role in the brutal encounter.
The developments came as the city’s chief legal officer Jennifer Sink told city councilmembers Tuesday that an eighth police employee would have also been fired in connection with the Jan. 7 deadly beating of the unarmed black man, but he had retired amid an internal probe.
Five of the six named officers that were fired in connection with Nichols’ death are facing second-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct and other charges after being caught on camera pummeling Nichols after a traffic stop that Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis had labeled “very questionable.”
Memphis was set to release about 20 hours of video and audio related to the dubious traffic stop and fatal beating Wednesday, to compliment bodycam and security footage released in January of the 29-year-old FedEx worker being beaten, pepper sprayed and Tasered by multiple officers, according to Sink.
The city lawyer revealed that an administrative investigation into 13 members of the police department and four members of the fire department was complete.
In addition to the seven fired cops and one retiree, three other police officers were suspended and two had charges against them dismissed. Three fire department personnel members were fired and the other was suspended, Sink said.
A federal civil rights investigation and a probe by Shelby County District Attorney’s Office remained underway.
Previously released footage showed Nichols was pulled over at a red light by cops from a since dismantled controversial street crimes unit.
The officers, who are also black, had guns drawn and pulled Nichols out of the car.
“I didn’t do anything,” the father said, as officers wrestled him to the ground.
After an officer is heard calling for Nichols to be Tased, he broke away from their grip and ran from a cop that was firing the electroshock weapon at him.
When the former officers caught up with Nichols, they administered a savage three minute beating in which he was repeatedly punched, kicked and hit with a baton, while he desperately screamed for his mother.
Afterwards, the officers were seen boasting about the attack as Nichols remained handcuffed on the ground, withering in pain, as paramedics milling about appeared to wait 20 minutes before rendering significant aide.
Nichols died three days later.
Police later said they had pulled Nichols over for reckless driving, but officials later said there was no apparent rational for the traffic stop.
Ex-Officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills Jr., Emmitt Martin III and Justin Smith have pleaded not guilty to murder.