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6th Memphis officer relieved of duty in Tyre Nichols arrest

Published:Monday | January 30, 2023 | 12:53 PM
A group of demonstrators protesting outside a police precinct in response to the death of Tyre Nichols, who died after being beaten by Memphis police officers, in Memphis, Tennessee, Sunday, January 29, 2023. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A sixth Memphis Police Department officer has been disciplined for his involvement in the brutal beating and arrest of Tyre Nichols, a department spokeswoman said Monday.

Officer Preston Hemphill was relieved of duty shortly after the January 7 arrest of Nichols, who died three days later at a hospital, Memphis police spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said.

She did not disclose Hemphill's role in the arrest.

Rudolph said information on disciplinary action taken against Hemphill was not immediately released because Hemphill was not fired and the department typically releases information about officers who are relieved of duty after an investigation ends.

Nichols' family and others closely watching developments surrounding his brutal arrest and killing in Memphis were awaiting word of additional disciplinary action against officers who were at the scene but have not been fired or charged.

Highly anticipated video footage released Friday showed five Memphis Police Department officers using a stun gun, a baton and their fists as they pummelled Nichols during a nighttime arrest on January 7 after he was pulled over on suspicion of reckless driving.

Nichols, a 29-year-old father, was heard calling for his mother and seen struggling with his injuries as he sat helpless on the pavement.

He died at a hospital three days later.

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