Who are the defendants in the death of Tire Nichols?
(CNN) — Following an internal investigation, Memphis police identified and terminated five officers involved in the January 7 traffic stop of Tire Nichols due to a violation of multiple department policies.
Now former officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith were fired for “excessive use of force, (failure to) duty to intervene and duty to render assistance,” the department said in a statement. a statement.
Martin III, Smith, Bean, Haley, and Mills, Jr. were each charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated unlawful imprisonment, two counts of officer misconduct, and one count of law enforcement. official, according to Shelby County Criminal Court and Shelby County Jail records.
Although all five former officers have been charged, it is unclear what role each played in the incident.
A statement from the Memphis Police Association, the union that represents officers, declined to comment on the firings beyond saying that the city of Memphis and Nichols’ family “deserve to know the full account of the events leading up to to his death and what may have contributed to it”.
In addition to the firing of the officers, two Memphis Fire Department employees who were part of the “initial patient care” for Nichols were also fired, Qwanesha Ward, public information agent for the department, told CNN’s Nadia Romero.
It is unclear to what extent those employees cared for Nichols and what kind of help, if any, was provided.
When asked Tuesday what those fire department employees did or didn’t do, the family’s attorney, Antonio Romanucci, told CNN there were “limitations” on how much he could say.
“For a period of time before paramedics arrive on the scene, firefighters are on the scene. And they are there with Tire and the police officers before the paramedics arrive,” he said.
All former police officers charged in Nichols’ death have been released on bail, according to jail records.
All the accused officers were released, according to the same records.
Demetrius Haley was the last to be released on $350,000 bond, jail records show.
Former officers Emmitt Martin and Tadarrius Bean were released on bond Thursday night through Friday, according to Shelby County jail records. Martin was released on $350,000 bond, while Bean was released on $250,000 bond. Former officers Justin Smith and Desmond Mills Jr. were also released on $250,000 bail Thursday night, according to county jail records.
With reporting from CNN’s Alisha Ebrahimji, Amanda Watts, Rebekah Riess and Andy Rose.