An Officer Is Accused Of Assaulting A Prisoner While Beating Tyre Nichols To Death

According to a federal civil rights complaint, one of the five former Memphis, Tennessee, police officers accused of killing Tyre Nichols, 29, by beating him during a traffic stop earlier this month was also accused in 2016 of participating in a prison assault that left an inmate unconscious. Nichols was 29 years old at the time of the incident.

According to the complaint that was submitted to the United States District Court in Tennessee in April 2016, it was stated that the officer, Demetrius Haley, was one of three corrections officers who were accused of assaulting Cordarlrius Sledge while he was incarcerated in Shelby County. The suit was filed on behalf of Sledge.

Sledge initiated the legal action on his own, without the assistance of an attorney; but, in 2018, a judge ruled that he improperly served a summons on one of the defendants, which led to the dismissal of the case.

Sledge’s claims were not addressed by Judge Thomas Anderson in the decision that was issued on March 2, 2018.

Sledge is said to have stated in his complaint that on May 16, 2015, authorities from the Shelby County Division of Corrections examined his cellblock at the facility. This facility accommodates offenders who are serving sentences ranging from misdemeanour penalties to felony prison terms of up to 12 years.

According to the lawsuit, the law enforcement authorities accused him of flushing “contraband” when they allegedly noticed smoke in the area where he was located.

According to the lawsuit, Sledge claimed that Haley and another police punched him in the face. Sledge also blamed the other officer on Haley. According to the allegations made in the lawsuit, a third officer scooped Sledge up and threw him face first into the sink before throwing him to the ground.

Officer Demetrius Haley is depicted in the photograph that was released by the Memphis Police Department. The city of Memphis is on edge in anticipation of the likely release of video footage of a violent arrest of a black man that has resulted in three separate law enforcement investigations and the dismissal of five police officers after the guy passed away in a hospital after being taken into custody.

On Monday, January 23, 2023, Tyre Nichols’ family members are expected to meet with city officials in order to watch the video footage of their loved one’s arrest on January 7. (Image courtesy of the Memphis Police Department and the AP)

Officer Demetrius Haley is depicted in the photograph that was released by the Memphis Police Department. The city of Memphis is on edge in anticipation of the likely release of video footage of a violent arrest of a black man that has resulted in three separate law enforcement investigations and the dismissal of five police officers after the guy passed away in a hospital after being taken into custody.

On Monday, January 23, 2023, relatives of Tyre Nichols are set to attend a meeting with city officials in order to watch the video footage of his detention on January 7. (Image courtesy of the Memphis Police Department and the AP) (Image courtesy of the Memphis Police Department and the AP)
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Sledge said in the complaint, “After that I blacked out,” and added that he awoke in the medical unit of the prison. “After that I blacked out,”

According to the lawsuit, Sledge stated that he desired for the police to be “made accountable” for their acts.

Sledge did not provide a remark when contacted by phone on Tuesday.

Tuesday we asked Haley for her comment, but she did not respond to our inquiry. In spite of our best efforts, we were unable to get in touch with the other two officers. Both the lawyer who represented Haley and one of the other officers, as well as the spokesman for the mayor’s office in Memphis, did not reply to a request for comment on Tuesday.

A request for comment was sent to the Shelby County Division of Corrections on Tuesday night, but they did not provide a response.

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