Footage from the fatal attempted arrest of Tyre Nichols on January 7 in Memphis, Tennessee, was due to be released “sometime Friday after 6pm”, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said.
In a statement on the City of Memphis Facebook page, Strickland said: “We wanted to ensure the proper legal steps were followed and that the family of Mr Nichols had the opportunity to view the video footage privately before we released it to the public. In light of those matters occurring, we will be releasing the video to the public sometime Friday after 6pm.”
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said on Thursday that five former Memphis Police officers had been charged with seven counts each including second-degree murder and aggravated assault. The former officers were named as Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills, Jr, and Justin Smith.
Tyre Nichols died on January 10 after being hospitalized in Memphis with critical injuries following an attempted arrest after a traffic stop on January 7.
US President Joe Biden released a statement on Thursday, urging “peaceful protest” upon the release of the footage. Credit: City of Memphis via Storyful