In Memphis, the ripple effects of Tyre Nichols’ tragic death continue. ABC24 News reported that Shelby County District Attorney’s office has dismissed 30-40 cases linked to the officers charged in Nichols’ death. District Attorney Steven Mulroy says it’s due to the officers’ damaged credibility.
Nichols, a 29-year-old African American, aspiring photographer, and father, tragically died three days after a violent arrest steps from his mother’s home. Body cam footage showed the disturbing scene as five officers, some of which were Black, used excessive force.
While five officers face charges, including second-degree murder, a sixth officer, Preston Hemphill, remains uncharged but will testify.
Nichols’ family filed a $550 million lawsuit against Memphis, slamming the city’s police for their unqualified, untrained, and unsupervised actions. But the question is, can Memphis rebuild trust with its community?