An autopsy found that Tyre Nichols died from blunt force injuries after Memphis cops beat him during a traffic stop.
The autopsy showed that Mr. Nichols, who was 29 years old, had cuts on his head and other parts of his body.
After he died, five police officers were charged with murder and other crimes. In February, they all said they were not guilty.
Three days after the traffic stop, Mr. Nichols died. This caused people all over the country to protest against police abuse.
Police officers used Tasers and kicked and punched Mr. Nichols after they pulled him over while he was driving on January 7. The event was caught on video.
The tweet below confirms the news:
Tyre Nichols, the 29-year-old Black man who was violently beaten by Memphis police officers in January, died from blunt force trauma to the head and his death has been ruled a homicide, his autopsy results revealed. https://t.co/TN5l5a3s37
— CNN (@CNN) May 5, 2023
The results of the autopsy done by medical officials in Shelby County, Tennessee, showed that Mr. Nichols had bruises and cuts all over his body, as well as internal bleeding and tears in his brain.
It also found that his blood alcohol level was.049 percent, which is much lower than the state’s legal limit for driving.
A separate autopsy that the family paid for in January came to the same results.
Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci, lawyers for the family, said in a statement, “Video of this killing shocked the world, and we are shocked all over again to hear the medical examiner say it.”
“These official autopsy results show once again how brutally Tyre was beaten to death. No part of this young man was left untouched as he was tortured to death by these officers,” the statement said.
The Memphis Police Department hasn’t said anything about the results of the new autopsy. Carolyn Davis, who is the city’s police chief, has said before that she didn’t see any reason for the traffic stop and that the acts of the officers involved were “heinous” and “inhumane.”
The Nichols family sued the city of Memphis, its police force, and the officers involved in the case around the middle of April.
The family wants a panel to give them money to cover the medical, funeral, and other costs they had to pay because of Mr. Nichols’ death.
The case also says that the officers’ now-disbanded team, called the Scorpion unit, “carried out an unconstitutional order on the streets of Memphis without fear of retribution.”
In response to the death of Mr. Nichols, the City of Memphis fired six police officers and three firefighters.
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