Tyre Nichols Was Kicked In The Head, Beaten, Pepper Sprayed, & Tased By Police

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Memphis Awaits Release Of Police Body Cam Video Of Tyre Nichols' Arrest Prior To His Death Days Later
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE - JANUARY 27: Flanked by Rodney Wells (C) and RowVaughn Wells, the stepfather and mother of Tyre Nichols, civil rights attorney Ben Crump speaks next to a photo of Nichols during a press conference on January 27, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee. Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man, died three days after being severely beaten by five Memphis Police Department officers during a traffic stop on January 7, 2023. Memphis and cities across the country are bracing for potential unrest when the city releases video footage from the beating to the public later this evening. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Four videos have been released by the City of Memphis showing several officers pulling Tyre out of his car and chasing him down.

After waiting weeks to see the surveillance and bodycam footage of the Tyre Nichols beating, the Memphis Police Department has revealed what occurred that fateful evening. On January 7, FedEx worker Tyre Nichols was pulled over for a traffic stop, allegedly accused of reckless driving. The department asserted Nichols fled from the scene and resisted arrest, resulting in officers using force.

However, activists didn't take the department's sorry at face value. Soon, the public began asking for footage of the altercation, and today (January 27), it was finally released.

View discretion is advised as this video will be disturbing to some viewers.

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The City of Memphis released four videos showing the evolution of Nichols's encounter with police. The first clip detailed the bodycam footage as police pulled the 29-year-old father over. Soon, things escalate, and an officer pulls him from his car and throws him to the ground. Several other officers are also on the scene, one tasing Nichols as others hold him down and shout orders. Another fired off pepper spray.

Viewers can see Tyre asking for the group to calm down, but soon, he runs off. In the second clip, the officers find Nichols's location, where he is savagely beaten.

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The incident also looked to be filmed from a security camera overhead. It showed multiple officers holding Nichols on the ground as another kicked him violently in the head. More soon followed, and another cop appeared with a baton. He repeatedly hits Nichols with the weapon.

Following a long ordeal, Nichols was left at the scene without medical attention for 20 minutes. His pain was visible. Three days later, he died from his injuries.

Tyre's family has asked that any protest remain peaceful. They don't want to see any more destruction, especially after viewing the horrific beating of their loved one.

Tyre Nichols, a father of a four-year-old, was also said to be an avid skateboarder who loved life. Additionally, according to reports, as he was beaten by officers, he called out for his mother three times.

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Further, five officers have been arrested. Four have made bond while one is reportedly still incarcerated.

Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Justin Smith, Emmitt Martin III, and Desmond Mills Jr. all face charges of second-degree murder. They have also been charged with "aggravated assault – acting in concert, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of official misconduct and one count of official oppression, court records show," according to USA Today.

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Erika Marie is a seasoned journalist, editor, and ghostwriter who works predominantly in the fields of music, spirituality, mental health advocacy, and social activism. The Los Angeles editor, storyteller, and activist has been involved in the behind-the-scenes workings of the entertainment industry for nearly two decades. E.M. attempts to write stories that are compelling while remaining informative and respectful. She's an advocate of lyrical witticism & the power of the pen. Favorites: Motown, New Jack Swing, '90s R&B, Hip Hop, Indie Rock, & Punk; Funk, Soul, Harlem Renaissance Jazz greats, and artists who innovate, not simply replicate.