Memphis Police Fire White Officer Connected to Nichols’ Death

The Memphis Police Department fired a white officer Friday for violations made during the fatal arrest of Tyre Nichols.

Preston Hemphill is the sixth officer fired during the investigation into the Jan. 7 arrest of Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man who was brutally beaten and died in a Tennessee hospital three days later. Five other officers, all Black, had been fired and charged with second-degree murder in Nichols’ death.

An unidentified officer has been suspended. Hemphill had been suspended since the start of the department’s investigation.

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