5 Former Memphis Police Officers Plead Not Guilty in Death of Tyre Nichols

Five former Memphis police officers pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday in the death of Tyre Nichols. The officers, who were charged with second-degree murder and other offenses, were accused of beating Nichols, who was unarmed, during an arrest in December 2020.

The case has sparked outrage in the city and across the nation, with many calling for justice for the family of Nichols.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has also suspended two deputies for trying to hide their involvement in Nichols’ death. The two deputies were allegedly present during the incident but did not intervene.

“We had no reason to be there,” Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner said in a statement. “The deputies should have done more to protect Mr. Nichols. We take this matter very seriously and are taking appropriate action.”

The five police officers have been released on bond and are awaiting trial. The trial date has not yet been set.

The case has been widely covered by media outlets, including The Associated Press – en Español, The New York Times, CNN, and WREG NewsChannel 3. For the latest updates, view the full coverage on USNN.