On Monday, the Memphis Fire Department fired three emergency personnel who had arrived on the scene after five Memphis police officers had assaulted a driver named Tyre Nichols.
The EMTs “failed to conduct an adequate patient assessment of Mr. Nichols,” according to the Fire Department’s inquiry.
In relation to Tyre Nichols’ death, three Memphis Fire Department employees were dismissed on Monday.
Robert Long, JaMichael Sandridge, and Lt. Michelle Whitaker were the employees, according to MFD.
According to a news release from MFD, the department was called to “a person pepper sprayed” at the intersection of East Raines and Ross roads around 8:30 p.m. on January 7.
Firefighters were then sent to Ross Road and Castlegate, where they discovered Nichols detained and resting against a police car. According to the department’s inquiry, Whitaker and two EMTs “violated many” departmental standards and procedures” and “failed to complete an adequate patient evaluation of Mr. Nichols.”
“Their actions or inactions on the scene that night do not match the requirements of the Memphis Fire Department and are not reflective of the exceptional service the men and women of the Memphis Fire Department offer daily in our community,” the Memphis Fire Department (MFD) stated in a statement.
In connection with the killing of black motorist Tyre Nichols, five former Memphis police officers were charged last Thursday with second-degree murder and kidnapping.
Five Memphis police officers were seen on bodycam hitting driver Tyre Nichols during a traffic check, and the video was made public by the authorities on Friday night.
Because of his participation in the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols, a sixth Memphis police officer was let go from his position.
In the meanwhile, an investigation was conducted and Preston Hemphill was fired.