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5 former officers charged in death of Tyre Nichols are now also facing federal charges

  • Five police officers in Memphis have been charged with federal civil rights violations for their role in the beating of a 29-year-old black man during a traffic stop. The officers, who had already been charged at the state level, are accused of kicking and punching the victim, who later died from his injuries.
  • The officers now face new charges of civil rights violations, conspiracy, and obstruction, with allegations that they failed to report the extent of the victim's injuries and limited the use of their body cameras to control evidence. The indictment also reveals that the officers activated their body cameras only after the assault.
  • The Justice Department has opened an investigation into the use of force and conduct of arrests by the Memphis Police Department, specifically concerned with Nichols' arrest and death. The victim's mother has filed a lawsuit against the city and its police chief for negligence leading to her son's death.
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