Tyre Nichols, a Black FedEx worker, died in the hospital three days after he was beaten by five Memphis police officers on January 7, 2023. Authorities on Friday released the footage of the incident.
The police officers – Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith – were seen shouting expletives, using pepper spray and also tasing Nichols. The 29-year-old kept calling out for his mother at the traffic stop. He was later taken to the hospital. Protestors are marching in several US cities to show their support for Tyre Nichols and against police brutality.
Meanwhile, Fox News host Jesse Watters denied seeing any ‘deadly blows’ in the Tyre Nichols beating video. He was trolled on social media. The 44-year-old added that he’ll have to wait for the toxicology report.
“We don’t know if this guy was on something. And we don’t have an autopsy from the city, an official autopsy. Immediately, you know, I didn’t see any death blows. Maybe it was an accumulation of blunt force trauma to the head,” the Fox host said.
“Jesse Watters is just the kind of bootlicker that if a cop stood there, took their gun out and shot someone right in the head for absolutely no reason at all, he’ll ask why did the victim make the cop upset,” a Twitter user said.
When can the toxicology report come out?
Tyre Nichols official cause of death has not been revealed. An independent autopsy found that he “suffered extensive bleeding caused by a severe beating.”
“The doctor told me that my son had went into cardiac arrest and that his kidneys were failing,” Nichols’ mother said.
Toxicology testing performed after a person’s death is known as forensic toxicology testing or postmortem drug testing. At the time of autopsy, blood, urine, and tissue samples are collected. The findings reveal the presence of foreign elements in the body.
As per drugs.com, the final results of the toxicology report may take four to six weeks or longer.