Memphis police fire another officer following Tyre Nichols’ death

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The Memphis Police Department said on Friday it had fired a sixth officer involved in the death of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man who was beaten by officers in the Tennessee city last month.

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The department named the officer fired as Preston Hemphill. In a statement, it said Hemphill had violated department policies on personal conduct, truthfulness and compliance with regulations regarding the use of a Taser, among other violations.

The Memphis Police Department previously fired five of the officers, who also are Black, following the January 7 beating. Nichols died three days later. Prosecutors charged those five with second-degree murder, assault, kidnapping, official misconduct and oppression.

Hemphill, who is white, and a seventh officer were later relieved of duty, followed by Hemphill’s firing on Friday.

“While we disagree with this termination, Preston Hemphill will continue to cooperate with all authorities in the investigation into the death of Mr. Nichols,” Lee Gerald, an attorney representing Hemphill, said by telephone.

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