Tyre Nichols beating video: Preston Hemphill, 6th police officer involved in Black man’s death, relieved of duty
MEMPHIS, Tennessee– Memphis Police Officer Preston Hemphill, a sixth officer involved in the arrest of Tire Nichols, was removed from duty during an ongoing investigation, according to WATN, a Memphis ABC affiliate.
Five officers, all black, have been fired and charged with second-degree murder in connection with Nichols’ beating at a traffic stop on Jan. 7. Nichols, 29, died three days later.
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Hemphill, who is white, was not fired or charged.
Hemphil’s attorney, Lee Gerald, previously said Hemphill was the third officer at Nichols’ first traffic stop. The first published bodycam footage came from Hemphill.
“Per department procedures, Officer Hemphill has activated his bodycam,” Gerald previously said in a statement. “He was never present at the second crime scene. He is cooperating with the officials in this investigation.”
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He was hired by the department in 2018.
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