Memphis, TN – A Memphis police officer has been accused of using excessive force and violating civil rights after sending a picture of Tyre Nichols following a brutal beating. The incident occurred on June 4th, when the officer was responding to a call about a disturbance.
According to police reports, the officer arrived on scene and attempted to detain Nichols. However, Nichols allegedly resisted arrest and attempted to flee the scene. The officer then reportedly used excessive force to subdue him, including punching and kicking him while he was on the ground.
After the incident, the officer sent a picture of Nichols to his colleagues, showing him bruised and bloodied. The picture has since gone viral, sparking outrage and condemnation from the public.
This is not the first time a Memphis police officer has been accused of using excessive force. In 2016, a Memphis police officer was indicted for using a taser on a handcuffed suspect. In 2017, another Memphis police officer was suspended for using excessive force during an arrest.
The Memphis Police Department has launched an internal investigation into the incident, and the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
The incident has also sparked a wave of protests in Memphis, with protesters calling for an end to police brutality and accountability. The protests are part of a larger national movement against police brutality and racial injustice that has been gaining momentum over the past several months.
Tyre Nichols’ family has also filed a civil rights lawsuit against the officer, accusing him of using excessive force and violating civil rights. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
The incident has raised serious questions about police brutality and the use of excessive force in Memphis and across the country. It has also highlighted the need for better training and oversight of police officers, and the importance of holding them accountable for their actions.