Posted BY: RM | NwoReport
The five Memphis police officers who beat Tyre Nichols before his death appeared in court today to face murder and assault charges.
Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills Jr, Emmitt Martin III, Justin Smith, and their lawyers appeared with their lawyers before a judge in Shelby County Criminal Court in Memphis, Tennessee.
They have all pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter.
The officers were dismissed after an internal Memphis Police Department investigation into the January 7 arrest of Nichols, who died in a hospital three days later.
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Tyre died in the hospital three days after being beaten by the officers, who claimed they stopped him for reckless driving.
To date, there has been no public record of any driving incident that would lead them to arrest Nichols.
Ahead of today’s hearing, Nichols’ mother told CNN she wanted the officers to see her face.
It is the first time the family is coming face to face with the five cops.
In addition to second-degree murder, the officers also have been charged with aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct and official oppression. They are all on bail.
Nichols’ death is the latest police killing to prompt nationwide protests and renew an intense public discussion about police brutality. Nichols, 29, was black. All five officers charged in his death also are black.