The police had stopped Mr. Nichols, a 29-year-old FedEx employee and photographer, on the night of Jan. 7 as he drove alongside a road close to his mom’s home. The officers reported that he had been driving recklessly, although the police chief has since mentioned the division couldn’t discover proof of that.
Mr. Haley and different officers approached Mr. Nichols’s automobile, with at the very least one officer aiming his gun on the automobile. Mr. Haley, shouting obscenities, pulled Mr. Nichols out of the automobile whereas officers yelled conflicting orders and threatened to harm him. “You guys are actually doing so much proper now,” Mr. Nichols mentioned as he lay on the pavement. “I’m simply making an attempt to go dwelling.”
When Mr. Haley tried to pepper spray Mr. Nichols’s face, Mr. Nichols acquired up and ran away as one other officer fired his Taser at him. A gaggle of officers caught up with him a number of minutes later — lower than 100 yards from his mom’s home — and repeatedly beat him for practically three minutes.
Mr. Haley arrived to that second scene after officers had discovered Mr. Nichols and was not current for a lot of the assault. When he arrived, officers have been within the strategy of handcuffing Mr. Nichols, who was groaning in ache, and had pinned him to the bottom on his abdomen. Even so, Mr. Haley ran up and delivered a powerful kick to Mr. Nichols’s head or higher physique.
Mr. Nichols was left bloody on the concrete, and he repeatedly fell over after officers propped him up subsequent to a police automobile.
His demise sparked protests in a number of cities after the movies have been launched, and the Memphis Police Division mentioned it was disbanding the unit that the officers had been assigned to. Often called Scorpion, it was created to focus on neighborhoods with excessive crime charges. The division additionally suspended two officers, one in every of whom had fired the Taser at Mr. Nichols as he ran away. Later, as that officer’s physique digicam continued rolling, the officer mentioned, “I hope they stomp his ass.”
On the council listening to, Chief Davis mentioned that the seven extra officers going through self-discipline, who haven’t been recognized, included a number of who had not really been on the scene of the assault. She mentioned the division struggled from an absence of supervisory employees, saying that it was a much bigger downside than coaching and that the division had been brief on higher-ranking officers for years.