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Memphis police permanently disband SCORPION unit tied to deadly beating of Tyre Nichols

Editor’s note: This article contains graphic videos and descriptions of violence.


One day after public release of video showing a horrific beating by police officers of Tyre Nichols, Memphis Police Department announced it permanently deactivates the device, which is five of in The officers involved belonged.

SCORPION installation launched in 2021, the task was set with struggle rising crime in in the city but was heavily criticized in in aftermath of 29-year- old man killing. Nicole was severely beaten. on January 7 after traffic stop. He required hospitalization and died on January 10th.

Five officers of Memphis who were fired and charged in Nichols death all were members of unit, Memphis police spokeswoman Maj. Karen Rudolph told CNN on Saturday.

AT statement posted on On Twitter on Saturday, Memphis Police said it was “in in best interest of everything to permanently deactivate” the device.

“Officers currently assigned to the unit agree unconditionally with this is next step”, – said the police. “While the heinous actions of somewhat casts off the cloud of dishonor on name SCORPION, it is imperative that we, the Memphis Police Department, take proactive action. steps in healing process for everything is affected.”

Nichols family lawyers Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci praised decision disband the detachment and called for other cities “to take similar measures with their saturation with police units in nearest future to begin create more trust in their communities.”

“We must keep in Keep in mind that this just in next step on it’s a journey for justice and accountability, since it is clear that this misconduct is not limited to these special units. It extends much further,” the lawyers said. in joint statement.

Some city leaders said that disbanding the unit just one step in solving problems in the police force.

” community has a lot more questions and more more requirements,” Memphis City Council member Patrice Robinson told CNN’s Jim Acosta. on Saturday evening.

“We have received emails from many citizens in our community they are all concerned and they express exactly what they see and what they want to see in our police department. We really need explore and find out what’s happening on”.

Police report arrives less than 24 hours after release of graphic videos of the police beat the black man. Friday night there were protests with people in several towns took to the streets and raised banners bearing Nichols’ name.

upcoming of release of Video, Nichols mother RowVon Wells, named for peaceful protests.

Protesters in Memphis late Friday night shut down an Interstate 55 bridge near downtown area chanting, “No justice, no peace,” according to CNN. team on scene. Police said there were no arrests in connection with the demonstration.

Clashes broke out in New York out between several protesters and police as demonstrators filled Times Square, video posted to social media shows. Three demonstrators arrested one of who was seen jumping on hood of police vehicle and windshield shattering, the New York City Police Department said.

Multiple cities also saw demonstrations on Saturday, including in New York where group of protesters marched about two miles from Washington Square in Lower Manhattan in Times Square in Midtown. And the protesters in in downtown Atlanta on Saturday repeated Nichols’ name and demanded justice.

video of Meeting on January 7 shows “actions that challenge humanityMemphis Police Chief Serelyn “CJ” Davis warned before the footage was released. public.

arrest begins with traffic stop for what the officers said was reckless driving and go on to show officers beat Nichols with clubs, kicks and fists, including when his hands are tied behind his body – How young human crying out for his mothervideo shows.

The meeting ends with Nichols collapsed to the ground. in handcuffs, leaning against an unattended police cruiser while officers loiter around. Nichols was later hospitalized and died three days later.

video shows It’s been 23 minutes since Nichols seems depressed and on his back on the ground in front of the stretcher arrives on the stage.

Footage of violent collision was released because Nichols family “want in world be a witness to them and feel their pain,” said Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Mulroy.

“While nothing we do can bring Tyra back, we promise you that we do our best to ensure that tyra family and our city of Memphis, see justice for Tyre Nichols, Mulroy added.

President Joe Biden said he was “outraged and deeply distressed” after watching the video. “It’s another painful reminder of deep fear and trauma, pain and exhaustion that black and brown Americans experience everyday.”

The Memphis Police Department was unable to find any evidence of this. probable cause for reckless driving and said video of meeting shows “ignoring for life, duty of take care of what we all swore Davis said.

five former Memphis cops involved in in arrest – who are also Black – Charge dropped with second-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping, according to the Shelby County District Attorney. They have been identified as Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Justin Smith, Emmitt Martin and Desmond Mills Jr.

Two Memphis firefighters who were part of Nichols’ initial departure was eased of duty awaiting result of internal investigation.

Also two deputies with The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office was placed in on leave pending an investigation after the sheriff watched the video.

Nichols family Attorney Ben Crump stated that family not know there were two members of sheriff office on the stage of beating, telling CNN on Saturday, “it was first they heard of It.”

Memphis Police Association representing city police officers expressed their condolences to Nicolas family and said he didn’t condone the abuse of citizens or abuse of power.

The Association stated that it “believes in in criminal justice system”.

“This faith is what we will lean on on in coming days, weeks and months to ensure totality of circumstances are being investigated,” the statement said. “Mr. Nichols family city of Memphis and all of the country deserves no less.”

According to Easter-Thomas, the city council meeting next week will be “reliable”.

Easter Thomas said she wanted ensure The police department knows the council supports them, but expects officers to do their job. with “high fidelity”.

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‘We all knew fate’: Memphis MP emotionally describes Nichols video

The Memphis police chief compared the video to a 1991 LA police beating. of Rodney King who set fire to the days of disorder in in city.

“Very consistent with the same type of behavior”, Davis said.

krump also made comparison. “We are attacked, beaten, punched, kicked, beaten with electric shocks, sprayed with pepper spray. It is very disturbing,” he said.

“The only difference between my father’s situation and now is hashtags and clearer cameraby Rodney King daughter Laura King told CNN. “We have to work better, this is unacceptable.”

“I don’t think anyone in sane, anyone who respects humanity everything is fine with this,” she said, adding that she was saddened for Nichols family and loved ones. “I AM just sad for just Where are we in America, we’re still here.”

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