The five former Memphis Police officers accused of killing Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man pulled over for a traffic stop, pleaded not guilty this morning to second-degree murder charges.
Their court appearance comes a month after police and traffic cameras captured the officers punching, kicking and beating Nichols with a baton.
A judge on Friday urged patience in the upcoming criminal process for the five Memphis police officers accused of killing Tyre Nichols, saying that the “case may take some time.” https://t.co/Bq2WY6lkqi pic.twitter.com/r4RZQtESrE
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 17, 2023
From the New York Times:
The five men — Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith — also face additional charges, including official misconduct, official oppression and kidnapping.
They were formally arraigned on Friday in a brief court proceeding, less than a month after top police officials fired the officers.
On Jan. 7, Mr. Nichols was stopped by Scorpion officers and pulled from his car in what the police initially characterized as a stop for reckless driving. He ran and when officers caught up to him, they began to beat him, according to video footage from the scene.
At one point two officers held him up so a third could keep delivering baton blows. Mr. Nichols died in a hospital three days later.
Read the full report here.
BREAKING: Five former officers charged in the death of Tyre Nichols plead not guilty during arraignment, with the officers set to return to court May 1. https://t.co/PoFWOoPcgK pic.twitter.com/uK0lprjC0p
— ABC News (@ABC) February 17, 2023
Five former Memphis Police Department officers have pleaded not guilty at their arraignment on criminal charges connected to the January death of Tyre Nichols https://t.co/sYeclXRm9G pic.twitter.com/kjgY9KIZ6f
— CNN (@CNN) February 17, 2023
“I know my son is gone. I know I’ll never see him again, but we have to start this process of justice right now.”
Tyre Nichols’ mother RowVaughn Wells responds after all five former Memphis police officers pleaded not guilty on Friday: https://t.co/Byfvu9GjuE pic.twitter.com/0ug9djaDdj
— The Associated Press (@AP) February 17, 2023