Sheriff Investigating Deputies’ Roles in Tyre Nichols’ Death

Two Shelby County, Tennessee, sheriff’s deputies have been relieved from duty, pending an internal investigation into their roles in the death of Tyre Nichols.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office tweeted the following statement from Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr. on Friday: “Having watched the videotape for the first time tonight, I have concerns about two deputies who appeared on the scene following the physical confrontation between police and Tyre Nichols. I have launched an internal investigation into the conduct of these deputies to determined what occurred and if any policies were violated. Both of these deputies have been relieved of duty pending the outcome of this administrative investigation.”

The announcement came the day that Memphis Police released bodycam footage of the Jan. 7 traffic stop involving five Black officers and Nichols. The 29-year-old man died three days later.

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