On January 24, five former Memphis police officers were charged with murder in connection with the death of Tyre Nichols. When Nicholas, 29, was pulled over on January 7 in Tennessee for allegedly driving recklessly, the officers assaulted him. On January 10, he passed away in the hospital, three days later.

After breaking departmental rules, Justin Smith, Desmond Mills Jr., Emmitt Martin III, Tadarrius Bean, and Demetrius Haley were fired. They are accused of two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of official misconduct, and two acts of official oppression in addition to second-degree murder and aggravated assault.

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Tyre Nichols, 29, died during a violent police altercation that was captured on bodycam and surveillance video on January 7. The video, which featured five Black cops, depicts Nichols being brutalised while appearing to provide no resistance while being tased, whipped with a baton, repeatedly booted in the face, and more.

Who is Tadarrius Bean?

Tadarrius Bean, one of the police officers, has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Mississippi in Lafayette County, Mississippi. He was born in 1999 and is from Olive Branch in DeSoto County, Mississippi. The 5’10” tall former officer graduated in May 2020, having previously earned his diploma from Center Hill High School in Olive Branch, where he also played football, in 2016.

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In August of 2020, the year after he graduated, he was hired by the Memphis Police Department in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee. He was detained early on January 26, 2023, and booked into Memphis’ Shelby County Jail on charges of injuring Tyre Nicholas and other law enforcement personnel. The single police officer was released after posting a $250,000 bond.

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Nichols was allegedly stopped for careless driving, but according to NBC News, Memphis Police Chief C.J. Davis claimed on January 27  that there was “no proof” of that after an inquiry and analysis of the available camera footage.