On Thursday, second-degree murder and kidnapping charges were brought against five former Memphis police officers in connection with the death of a black driver.
Tyre Nichols, the driver, died following a violent altercation during a traffic check on January 7, and the officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith were fired on Friday.
The DA announced that on Friday at 6 p.m. local time, video of the police beating Tyre Nichols would be made public.
Steve Mulroy, the district attorney for Shelby County, told reporters that “all of them are accountable” for Tyre Nichols’ murder because of their collective acts.
Tyre Nichols, whose beating following a traffic stop was captured on film, died as a result of his injuries, and five former Memphis police officers were indicted on murder charges on Thursday. This “sickened” a top Tennessee law enforcement official.
Police Chief C.J. Davis claimed that the officers, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith, broke departmental rules during the Jan. 7 stop that resulted in Nichols’ death.
The five former cops were all charged with second-degree murder, two charges of official misconduct, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, one crime of official oppression, and one count of aggravated assault, according to the prosecution.
Jail records revealed that Bean, Mills, and Smith must each post a $250,000 bond in order to be released from detention, while Haley and Martin were being detained in lieu of a $350,000 bond.
The investigation was handled by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and agency director David Rausch predicted that the footage would be unmistakable.