Watch Tire Nichols body cam video released by the Memphis Police Department (2023)

The Memphis Police Department released harrowing footage of five officers beating Tire Nichols after a traffic stop for alleged reckless driving.

DieVideo posted on FridayThe night shows Nichols, 29, yelling at her mother several times during the brutal attack on January 7, which took place just 80 meters from her home.

'Mommy! Mommy!' Nichols screams as several officers pin him to the ground, pepper spray his face, kick him in the head and beat him with a metal club.

show policeit rained at least nine blowsat the FedEx employee as he yelled obscenities during the nearly four-minute altercation.

Even after paramedics arrived, a handcuffed Nichols lay on the sidewalk for nearly half an hour without any significant medical intervention.

The five officers involved in the murder were charged with second-degree murder, with the prosecutor saying that although they played different roles, "they all bear responsibility."

police from all over the countryprepared for possible violent riotsas protesters gathered to express their outrage in response to the graphic and highly disturbing images.


The Memphis Police Department released heartbreaking footage of five officers fatally beating Tire Nichols

'Mommy! Mommy!' Nichols yells as he is pinned to the ground, pepper sprayed in his face and kicked and punched by several police officers after a chase

Another view from a nearby surveillance camera appears to show Nichols unresponsive after the attack. Even after the paramedics arrived they didn't seem to help at all.

Paramedics arrive on the scene as a handcuffed Nichols appears unable to sit up on his own.


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The violent incident begins with a traffic stop where several unmarked patrol cars surround Nichols' vehicle and officers drag him out of the driver's seat as one yells, "Get the fucking car out of here."

“Damn, I didn't do anything…I'm just trying to get home,” Nichols replies.

"On the floor, on the floor," says one officer, as the officers force Nichols to the floor, order him to lie on his stomach, and pepper spray his face.

"Okay, I'm sad," Nichols can be heard saying, to which a police officer profanely replies, "P***h, put your hands behind your back before I...kick you." the butt". "

"Get down on the damn floor. I'm going to give you an electric shock," says a policeman.

"You guys are really doing a lot right now. I'm just trying to get home," Nichols says.

Several officers start kicking Nichols when he is on the ground. Nichols then breaks free, gets up, and runs down a street as officers give chase on foot.

An officer fires a taser at Nichols, but then notes that he was only hit by a pin, meaning the circuit was not completed and the electrical shock was not delivered.

After running about a half mile, Nichols is accosted and restrained by two other officers involved in the chase, who repeatedly yell, "Give me your hands!"

Other officers come on foot as Nichols is restrained. A pepper spray sprays Nichols and hits him in the face.

Two officers pin Nichols to the ground as he moves, then the third appears to kick him in the head.

Nichols lands on the sidewalk with the three officers around him. The same policeman kicks him again.

The officer who used the pepper spray brandishes an expandable metal baton and yells, "I'm going to hit him with a baton!" before hitting Nichols in the back three times.

Several officers simultaneously pick Nichols up and slap him across the face. Nichols stumbles and turns around, still held back by two policemen.

The officer who hit him then walks in front of Nichols and hits him three more times. Then Nichols passes out.

Nichols can be heard yelling, 'Mom! Breast!' during the fight, but he remains silent after getting punched in the face. His mother said that the blows occurred about 80 meters from his house.

The violent incident began when officers pulled Nichols from the driver's seat of his car as he yelled, "Damn, I didn't do anything...I'm just trying to go home."

After Nichols has fled to his mother's house and is electrocuted by one of the officers, Nichols is attacked and held back by two officers who repeatedly yell, "Give me your hands!".

Moments later, the third officer arrives on foot and pepper sprays Nichols, hitting himself in the face with the irritating chemical.

The violent incident followed a brief foot and foot pursuit after officers attempted to stop Nichols in his car.

The shadow of the policeman wearing this body camera can be seen raising his arm with a telescopic metal baton after saying, "I'm going to hit him!"

After being handcuffed, Nichols appears unresponsive and unable to sit up.

As the minutes tick by, officers can be heard cursing, making jokes and ordering him to sit down as he falls to the pavement.

A police officer crouches down and ties his shoe as Nichols collapses nearby.

Even after the paramedics arrive on the scene, they do not appear to provide immediate assistance.

Nichols lay on the sidewalk for more than 19 minutes as at least eight officers walked around the scene, rinsing their eyes with pepper spray.

Nearly half an hour after the attack, an ambulance finally arrives and a stretcher is unloaded to transport Nichols.

The videos released Friday consist of more than an hour of footage, including footage from three body cameras and a pole-mounted security camera.

Nichols died in the hospital on January 10, three days after the officers beat him.

The video has already raised questions about the paramedics and other officers, who arrived after Nichols was handcuffed.

Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr. said in a statement: "Having first viewed the videotape tonight, I am concerned about two officers who arrived on the scene following a physical confrontation between police and Tire. Nichols".

Bonner said he had launched an internal investigation into the two lawmakers, adding that they had been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

Nichos sits leaning against a car after the January 7 beating

As Nichols passes out nearby, a police officer leans over to tie his shoe.

Officers look at Tire Nichols, who died three days after being struck by Memphis Police Department officers on January 21.

As Nichols fell to the ground, officers told him to sit down, and paramedics again pushed him against the side of a car.

After the beating, at least eight officers walk the scene, pepper spraying their eyes and joking as Nichols passes out on the sidewalk.

The Shelby County Sheriff, which includes Memphis, suspended two deputies who arrived on the scene after the physical altercation.

Authorities across the country braced for possible riots in response to the gruesome body camera footage, with beefed up security around the Capitol and police from Los Angeles to New York monitoring the situation.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp activated the National Guard after declaring a state of emergency in Atlanta, calling out 1,000 guardsmen to keep the peace.

Immediately after the videos were released, protesters gathered in cities across the country, but the demonstrations appeared peaceful as darkness fell over the country.

When the video was posted, protesters were gathering in Times Square, in front of the White House, in Memphis and other cities.

In Memphis, protesters chanted: "Say his name! Get Nichols out!" and several dozen protesters blocked a busy bridge on Interstate 55, which is one of two main bridges connecting Arkansas and Tennessee across the Mississippi River.

Lora Dene King, whose father Rodney survived a high-profile police attack in Los Angeles in 1991, wept as she watched a public screening of footage of officers beating Nichols.

The bystander filmed LAPD officers beating King with batons, and his acquittal the following year sparked six days of riots in Los Angeles as racial tensions rose.

In King's case, the officers involved were white, while the five officers charged with the murder of Nichols, a black man, are also black.

Tire Nichols turns up at the hospital after the incident. The 29-year-old Memphis man died of cardiac arrest and kidney failure on January 10, three days after he was pulled over by police for reckless driving in unmarked cars.

Indicted for second degree murder are (from top right) Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III and (from bottom right) Desmond Mills Jr.

MEMPHIS: Protesters hold signs Friday night in Memphis as they meet with officers to release police video showing five Memphis officers beating Tire Nichols

WASHINGTON DC: Protesters protest deadly police attack after Memphis released graphic video showing deadly police attack on Tire Nichols

LOS ANGELES: Lora Dene King, daughter of Rodney King, reacts while watching a video showing the beating of Tire Nichols, who died three days after being beaten by police.


January 7th:Police arrested Tire Nichols at 8:30 p.m. m. on suspicion of reckless driving. Tire fled on foot after a "standoff", but was arrested by police soon after.

An ambulance was called to the scene after Tire complained of difficulty breathing and was taken to hospital in critical condition.

January 10:Three days after the stop, 29-year-old Tire died from injuries sustained in the incident. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced that it is investigating his death.

January 15:Five officers are being terminated from their duties while investigations into the use of force continue. The first findings point to the seriousness of the crimes. All employees were informed of the obstructive administrative actions.

January 18:The Department of Justice announces that a civil rights investigation has been opened into Tire's death.

January 20:The Memphis Police Department identifies and terminates five agencies involved in traffic enforcement for violating various department policies.

Officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills, Jr., and Justin Smith were fired for failing to comply with their "excessive use of force, duty to intervene, and duty to provide assistance."

Two Memphis Fire Department employees who were part of Nichols' "patient first care" were also fired.

January 23:Tire Nichols' family and his lawyer, Ben Crump, see footage of his arrest for the first time. Crump compares it to the 1991 attack on Rodney King by LAPD officers.

26 of January:The five officers are charged with second degree murder, aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of misconduct and one count of suppression of authority.

January 27th:Four of the former officers posted bail of $250,000 each, who will be released upon arrest. Body camera footage of the attack is released.

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The previous Friday, Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis said the footage was the worst she had seen in her career.

“We will see acts that defy humanity, a disregard for life, a duty of care, and a level of physical interaction beyond what is necessary to enforce the law,” he said Friday morning.

The police chief also revealed that there was "no evidence" that Ty was driving recklessly when he was pulled over.

David added: “It is about human dignity, integrity, responsibility and the duty to protect. As this video will show, it doesn't matter who wears the uniform."

Four of the five Memphis police officers charged in Tire's death were released on bail totaling $1 million after their arrest yesterday.

According to court records, Justin Smith, Desmond Mills Jr., Emmitt Martin III and Tadarrius Bean have been released from the Shelby County Jail.

Demetrius Haley is still being held on $350,000 bail after the five were charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of official misconduct and official repression.

Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mutlroy said Tire was left "bloody and bruised" after he was pepper-sprayed and struck just a few feet from his home.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation conducted an independent investigation into the use of force by the Memphis Police Department.

The five were released last Friday for violating police procedure, and city officials said they were notified on January 15.

Davis said officers were "thrilled" when they took Tire into custody, with two officers from a special team tasked with stopping street crime.

Speaking to CNN, Nichols' mother, RowVaughn Wells, said her son was "hit like a piñata."

"Yes, he was screaming for me because I'm his mother. He tried to get home safely. He was a mama's boy," she said through tears.

"He loves me to death. He has my name tattooed on his arm. He had Crohn's disease and had surgery in 2013.

“I told my husband that my stomach hurts a lot and when I found out what happened, I only felt my son's pain.

"I felt my son's pain when he was beaten to death."

RowVaughn said she felt sorry for the officers involved in her son's death and admitted she didn't have time to grieve properly.

“They brought shame to their own families. They brought shame to the black community,” he said.

"I don't hate anyone. It's not in my nature, I just feel sorry for them because they did something terrible."

RowVaughn also told CNN anchor Don Lemon that he was unable to view the footage, leaving Tire's stepfather Rodney Wells to view the "terrible" footage.

NEW YORK: People gather in Times Square to protest after the release of a video showing police beating Tire Nichols

ATLANTA: People gather at a protest following the release of a video showing 29-year-old Tire Nichols meeting with five Memphis police officers earlier this month.

Tire Nichols, 29, died at the hospital on January 10, three days after a traffic stop that seriously injured him.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump speaks with the family of Tire Nichols at a news conference Thursday.

Cities braced for a night of protests after the images were released. Pictured: Protests in Los Angeles, California

Protesters face a line of police officers at a rally against the deadly police attack on Tire Nichols outside LAPD headquarters

Outfitted in riot gear, LAPD officers faced off with an angry mob

People gathered in New York's Time Square on Friday, and many protesters were arrested.

The outbreak of protests in Times Square also comes after all the officers involved were charged with murder.

About 100 protesters marched in front of the Massachusetts state capitol building and then along Boston Common.

The window of a police car was completely smashed when a protester got into the vehicle.

The SCORPION unit of the MDP must be dissolved

At least some of the officers charged in Nichols' murder were members of the Memphis Police Department's SCORPION team, a street crime unit deployed to crime hotspots to deter violence.

SCORPION stands for Operation Street Crimes to Restore Peace to Our Neighborhoods and was founded in October 2021 in response to the rise in violent crime.

There are 40 police officers in the unit, divided into four teams. Each team has members focused on auto theft, gang investigations, and "fighting crime."

Some members wear civilian clothes and drive unmarked cars.

Lawyers for the Nichols family called for SCORPION to be disbanded.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump said these entities could become "a pack of wolves."

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The national president of the Fraternal Order of Police issued a scathing statement in response to video of police officers beating Nichols.

Patrick Yoes said the officers' physical confrontation with Nichols "does not constitute legitimate police work or a traffic stop gone wrong."

Instead, Yoes called it a "criminal attack under the guise of the law."

At least some of the officers charged in Nichols' murder were members of the Memphis Police Department's SCORPION team, a street crime unit stationed at crime hotspots and tasked with preventing violence.

Meanwhile, lawyers for the Nichols family are calling for the SCORPION team to be disbanded following the death of Nichols, a FedEx employee.

Antonio Romanucci said that "the intent of the unit has now been corrupted" and called for reviews of all similar units across the country.

“This young man was terrified by the definition of the law in this state. Not one, not two, but five officers that we now know…acted together,” Romanucci said.

The officers "acted together... to inflict harm, terrorism, suppression of liberty, suppression of constitutional rights, resulting in murder," it added.

He also called the definition of the kidnapping charges officers face a crime of "terrorism."

Aggravated kidnapping occurs when the crime is committed to facilitate another crime, interfere with a government function, seriously injure or terrorize the victim, physically harm the victim, or possess or threaten to possess a deadly weapon.

Romanucci also urged police unions to work to secure the arrest of the five officers, adding: "When you think of 9/11, what word comes to mind? Terrorism."

“When you think of other heinous acts that have taken place in churches across the country, acts of terrorism, what does that make you?

“That, ladies and gentlemen, is the definition we are dealing with here in this kidnapping indictment. It is terrorism. It was designed to terrify the victim.

When an NYPD car was vandalized, people held up signs calling for justice.

Nichols' mother warned supporters of the "horrific" nature of the video, but urged protesters to remain peaceful after its release.

The demonstrations that followed the release of the images appeared to be generally peaceful as darkness fell over the country.

Police dealt at least nine blows to the FedEx worker as he yelled obscenities during the nearly four-minute fight. Photo: Union Square

President Biden urged calm ahead of the video's release, saying, "Violence is destructive and against the law. It has no place in peaceful protests seeking justice."

Noted civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who also represents the family, addressed several issues during a news conference at Mount Olive Baptist Church.

He said arresting the five officers should be America's "model" for the future when a police officer commits a crime and praised Police Commissioner Davis for her "quick justice."

Crump said: He said: "We applaud the prosecution for bringing these charges. Let me be very clear on this point.

"If we look at how these five black police officers were caught committing a crime, and if we look at how quickly the police chief and department fired them and how quickly prosecutors filed charges against them, in less than 20 days, we want proclaim as a project for the future.

“Every time the police, black or white, are held to account, if we have a video of excessive violence, they can no longer tell us that we have to wait six months to a year.

“You can't tell us that anymore. You act fast with these five black officers and as the chief said, it was important to the community that they act fast,” he said.

Crump was speaking at a news conference Friday, before authorities released body camera footage of Tyrus being beaten to death by officers at 7 p.m. ITS T.

Crump continued: “When it comes to a white officer, it's also important that action be taken quickly. We will not allow black officers to be treated differently than white officers.

“We have the plan now, America, and we will settle for nothing less in the future: there will be equal justice under the law.

"We now have a precedent set here in Memphis, and we intend to uphold that plan for all of America on that day."

Mulroy, the district attorney, said investigators wanted to conduct as many interviews as possible before releasing the images. Nichols' family members viewed the video on Monday.

Expecting a strong reaction to the footage, Davis told ABC that she and other local officials decided it would be best to post the video later in the day, after schools have cleared and people have returned from work.

Nichols' mother warned supporters of the "horrific" nature of the video, but urged protesters to remain peaceful after its release.

"I don't want us to burn down our city and destroy the streets because that's not what my son stood for," he said Thursday. "If you are here for me and for Tyre, you will protest peacefully."

Davis continued to call for calm following the video's release, saying, "None of this is a calling card to incite violence or destruction in our community or against our citizens."

Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis said the video of the attack on Nichols was the worst of her career.

People attend a candlelight vigil to celebrate Tire Nichols at Tobey Skate Park on January 26 in Memphis.

David Rausch, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, described the video as "absolutely terrifying."

He said: "Let me be clear: what happened here does not reflect proper policing. It was wrong and it was criminal."

In addition to the five officers charged Thursday, Davis said in the statement that other officers are also under investigation.

Two Memphis Fire Department employees were also relieved of their duties pending an investigation.

President Biden also urged calm ahead of the video's release, adding: "Outrage is understandable, but violence is never acceptable."

He said: “As Americans grieve, the Justice Department conducts its investigation and state agencies continue their work, I join the Tire family in calling for peaceful protests.

“Violence is destructive and against the law. It has no place in peaceful protests seeking justice.'

"Tire's death is a painful reminder that we must do more to ensure our criminal justice system delivers on its promise of fair and impartial justice, equal treatment and dignity for all.

"We also can't ignore the fact that fatal encounters with police officers affected black and brown people differently."

Development of the story, more to come.

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