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Memphis Police Department fires 6th officer

Memphis Police fired officer Preston Hemphill on Feb. 2, 2023, for his role in the traffic stop that led to the death of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols a month earlier.
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A sixth Memphis Police Department officer was fired on Friday for his role in the brutal beating and death of Tyre Nichols, the 29-year-old Black man who died in January three days after a traffic stop.

The officer, Preston Hemphill, was placed on leave at the start of the department’s investigation. MPD announced his termination Friday, nearly a month after Nichols was beaten. Hemphill has not been charged with a crime.

Calls for Hemphill’s dismissal grew after Memphis released over an hour of body camera and surveillance footage of officers beating, kicking, pepper spraying and using a Taser on Nichols. 

According to attorney Lee Gerald, Hemphill’s body camera was released showing officers’ initial encounter with Nichols, in which at least three officers approached his car at a traffic light, yelling expletives while forcing him out of the car and onto the ground. 

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