Memphis Police Department “Permanently Deactivates” Its Scorpion Unit That’s Responsible For The Death Of Tyre Nichols
Memphis Police Department deactivates its Scorpion unit following the demise of Tyre Nichols.
On Saturday, Memphis PD launched a press release addressing its Scorpion (Road Crimes Operations To Restore Peace In Our Neighborhoods) unit.
In keeping with the assertion, the division is completely deactivating the unit simply three weeks following Tyre’s demise. The dismantling comes after authorities launched video footage exhibiting 5 Memphis officers attacking Tyre.
— Memphis Police Dept (@MEM_PoliceDept) January 28, 2023
“In the process of listening intently to the family of Tyre Nichols, community leaders, and the uninvolved officers who have done quality work in their assignments, it is in the best interest of all to permanently deactivate the SCORPION Unit,” the assertion says.
On January seventh, Tyre Nichols was stopped by Memphis officers for reckless driving. Earlier this week, authorities launched the physique cam footage that confirmed what occurred throughout the cease.
Officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Justin Smith and Desmond Mills Jr., have been all seen repeatedly punching and kicking Tyre. Sadly three days later, the 29-year-old died from his accidents.
All 5 of the officers have been members of the Scorpion unit. Scorpion is an anti-violence unit that was created in November 2021 to fight town’s crime fee.
The Nichols’ household attorneys, Benjamin Crump and Antonio Romanucci says the household accepted of eliminating the unit.
“The Nichols family and their legal team find the decision to permanently disband this unit to be both appropriate and proportional to the tragic death of Tyre Nichols. And also a decent and just decision for all citizens.”
However, officers that have been assigned to the Scorpion unit shall be reassigned to different divisions. In the meantime, the 5 officers have been fired and charged with second-degree homicide, two counts of official misconduct, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, as soon as rely of official oppression and one rely of aggravated assault.