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Memphis to release graphic video of Tyre Nichols beating: What to know

Noah Goldberg, Los Angeles Times on

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The city of Memphis, Tennessee, plans to release video Friday showing Tyre Nichols being tased, pepper-sprayed, beaten and restrained for three minutes by police officers in a case that is being closely watched across the country.

The video will be released after 7 p.m. Eastern time, Shelby County District Attorney Steven Mulroy said Thursday.

Here is what we know about the beating, which put Nichols in the hospital, where he ultimately died:

What happened in the police encounter?

Nichols was pulled over Jan. 7 and arrested on suspicion of reckless driving, according to Memphis police. Nichols’ families’ attorneys say they believe he was stopped for driving the wrong way on a one-way street.

Officers and Nichols were just 100 yards from the home of Nichols’ parents during the encounter, according to Jennifer McGuffin, the chief spokesperson for Romanucci & Blandon, the law firm representing the family.


When officers approached Nichols’ car, a confrontation occurred, and Nichols ran off, police said.

Attorney Antonio Romanucci — who has seen portions of the police body-camera video — said Nichols asked why he was being pulled over during the initial stop. Officers quickly used pepper spray on him, and he fled from his car, Romanucci said.

The police officers pursued Nichols, and another, more violent, confrontation took place, leading to Nichols’ arrest and subsequent hospitalization, police said.

Romanucci said that although only five police officers were charged, there were more police on scene. He estimated 10 to 12 officers were in the video. Nichols can be heard in the video screaming, “What did I do?” and calling for his mother, he said.


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