Tire Nichols Disbands Scorpion Special Group After Memphis Protests

Tire Nichols Disbands Scorpion Special Group After Memphis Protests

Memphis police are not standing still after the protests. The Tennessee city body has announced that it has disbanded the Scorpion Special Group, which included the five police officers indicted for the death of Tire Nichols, the 29-year-old African-American who died in hospital as a result of the beating he was subjected to during an arrest, which took place in early January. The victim’s family and civil rights activists had been calling for days for the special unit, created to control areas of Memphis with the highest crime rates, to be dismantled.

“It is in everyone’s interest – explained the police department – that the Scorpion unit is definitively dissolved”. The decision was made, says the statement, “after listening to Tire Nichols’s family, community leaders and agents not involved” in the death of the African American and who, continued the police, “put quality in their work”. Nichols had been pulled over on Jan. 7 by Scorpion police officers for an alleged traffic violation in his car at an intersection about 100 meters from his home. Forced out of the car, the African-American man was beaten and then, after an attempt to escape, beaten with kicks to the face and repeated punches. None of the five police officers, African Americans like the victim, had stopped the others, and not even the other colleagues, who arrived shortly after, interfered with the end of the beating. Admitted to the hospital, Nichols died on January 10 of internal and external injuries, including neck and skull fractures.

Source: IL Tempo

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