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Five Former Memphis Officers Charged in Tyre Nichols' Death Now Face Federal Charges


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According to NPR, "Five former Memphis police officers involved in the deadly beating of Tyre Nichols have been indicted by a federal grand jury, according to court documents filed Tuesday." CNN reports that "the five men are facing several charges, including federal civil rights, conspiracy, and obstruction offenses resulting in Nichols' death."


Tyre, 29, was brutally beaten by the former officers from Memphis PD's Scorpion unit in January and died while hospitalized three days later. All five former officers pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and other charges and were released from the Memphis Police Force. Civil Rights attorney Ben Crump represents Tyre's family, who, according to Fox 13 Memphis, sued the City of Memphis, its police department, and some city employees for $550 million."


On the night of the assault, the former officers allegedly pulled Nichols over for reckless driving near his mother's home. They reportedly beat Nichols with a baton and their hands and feet, and pepper sprayed and tased him. The paramedics were accused of failing to immediately treat the 29-year-old once they arrived at the scene, and reportedly waited several minutes to help him. At this time, there is no trial date for the former officers. However, this story is still developing.


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