Tyre Nichols’ official autopsy report indicates that he most likely died of blunt force trauma following a violent traffic stop in Memphis, Tennessee by the police.
Nichols passed away a few days after the traffic stop that occurred on Jan. 7th.
Nichols, according to the Memphis Police Department, was stopped for “reckless” driving. Police said that during the traffic stop a “confrontation” occurred, which caused Nichols to run away from the officers.
When officers caught up with Nichols, officials say that another confrontation occurred, which led to Nichols complaining about shortness of breath.
“While attempting to take the suspect into custody, another confrontation occurred; however, the suspect was ultimately apprehended,” MPD said. “Afterward the suspect complained of having shortness of breath, at which point an ambulance was called to the scene.”
Nichols, who was in critical condition when he arrived at the hospital and he died on January 10th.
According to The Commercial Appeal, the medical examiner’s report that was reviewed on Wednesday by Nichols family via their attorneys Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci states the manner of death was a homicide. Nichols died due to blunt force trauma.
Crump and Romanucci said the report obtained from the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office was consistent with a previous independent review.
The attorneys stated that “the legal team representing Tyre Nichols’ family acknowledges the release of the medical examiner report. Its contents are highly consistent with the reporting we did in January of this year.” “We now know what we knew back then: Tyre Nichols was killed by blunt force trauma, and his manner of death is a homicide. The official autopsy reports further strengthen our resolve to seek justice for this senseless killing and crime.
Five Memphis police officers have been fired following the incident. They are now being charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault as well as several other charges.
In body-camera footage released by Memphis Police, officers can be seen repeatedly punching, kicking, and striking Nichols with a baton.
This is such a sad story, and we should keep the Nichols family in our prayers.