A Tennessee judge ordered the withholding of video and records relating to Tyre Nichol’s traffic stop.
Nichols was later killed following a violent January 7th traffic stop. According to police, Nichols fled officers following a confrontation during the traffic stop.
Officers met with Nichols to report that there had been another confrontation. Nichols complained of shortness of breath.
MPD stated that the suspect was the subject of another confrontation. The suspect was finally apprehended.
When he was taken to the hospital, he was in critical condition. He died on Jan. 10.
The order was issued by James Jones Jr., Shelby County Criminal Court Judge, in response to Blake Ballin’s motion, which was being made on behalf of Desmond Mills, Jr.
According to the court order, “the release of audios and videos of the City of Memphis employees in relation to this investigation (to include administrative records and related files), will be delayed until the state and defendants review the information. ”
The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office released a statement in which it stated its support for Jones Jr.’s decision.
According to the district attorney’s office, MPD released all video footage in the Tyre Nichols case. Our office supports MPD for transparency and public interest. “Our office supports MPD for transparency and the public’s interest.
Mills Jr. representative Ballin stated that the motion was made to ensure transparency and fair trials.
“The motion and order filed today are the results of transparency being balanced with the defendant’s right to a fair trial. We are confident that Judge Jones will issue an order that protects constitutional rights and the public’s interests after reviewing all input from the parties.
Five former Memphis police officers were fired and charged with second-degree killing, aggravated attack, and other charges.
Memphis police released a video showing officers striking Nichols with a baton and punching, kicking, and striking them several times.
“Watch out, I’ma baton the f— out you,” one officer says in the body camera video.