The officers involved in the death of Tyre Nichols surrendered to authorities and are in custody.
The press conference was organized by the office of the district attorney in the county. They discussed the latest developments in the case.
BREAKING: The 5 former Memphis Police Department officers have been indicted by a grand jury on charges ranging from second-degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct and official oppression for the death of Tyre Nichols. pic.twitter.com/mkPLf4CCHU
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) January 26, 2023
According to Steve Mulroy, the district attorney for the county, Emmitt Martin, Justin Smith, Desmond Mills, and Taddarius Bean have been charged with various offenses. Some of these include murder, assault, and kidnapping.
In Tennessee, a second-degree murder charge can carry a sentence of up to 60 years in prison.
On January 7, the police in Memphis said they had stopped a car driven by Nichols for driving without a license. According to reports, the officers then got into a confrontation with the suspect, who fled on foot. The chase continued as the officers tried to apprehend him.
The police stated that he had complained of shortness of breath before he was taken to a hospital. He was then pronounced dead on January 10. The TBI stated that he died due to injuries he suffered during the confrontation with the police.
Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney, was hired by Nichols' family to represent them. His family's legal counsel stated that Nichols was returning to his parents' home after taking a photo of the sunset.
The district attorney for the county asked the TBI to conduct an independent investigation into the incident involving the police officers.
Following the incident, Cerelyn Davis, the police chief of Memphis, released a statement describing the incident as "heinous, reckless, and inhumane".
"In his statement, Davis stated that aside from being the police chief, he was also a citizen of the community. He said that the incident was a failure of basic humanity. The video of the incident will be released in the coming days.
Davis stated that the officers failed the community and the Nichols family. He referred to the incident as a failure of basic humanity."
It was revealed during the press conference that the video of the incident would be released on Friday.
This is who Tyre Nichols was — a talented and dedicated skateboarder with SO much life left to live… He didn’t deserve to be tragically taken from his family and community! We will continue to fight for accountability for you Tyre! #JusticeForTyreNichols pic.twitter.com/hYwMnRRZEA
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) January 23, 2023
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on OANN.