A civil rights inquiry into the death of a 29-year-old man who passed away three days after being stopped by Memphis police has been initiated, according to federal investigators on Wednesday.
The investigation of the cops involved in the traffic stop that resulted in Tyre Nichols being taken to a hospital in serious condition was announced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI Memphis Field Office, and the Justice Department’s civil rights division.
There are little details on what occurred during the stop on January 7 and how Nichols was hurt; the Memphis Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are the major sources of information.
Tyre Nichols cause of death
Memphis resident Nichols died Jan. 10 following two “confrontations” with police on Jan. 7. The official cause of death is unknown. Police stopped Nichols for careless driving around 8:30 p.m.
“As authorities approached the car driver, a dispute erupted and the suspect left the area on foot,” police added. “Another confrontation ensued” when police tried to arrest Nichols.
“Complaining of a shortness of breath,” police summoned an ambulance for Nichols. Nichols was hospitalized in serious condition.
Police have not characterized either “confrontation.” Nichols’ family reported brain swelling, renal failure, and other problems. He died on dialysis.
A posthumous photo of Nichols highlighted his injuries. Nichols is intubated with welts and a twisted nose. His hospital blankets and intubation tube were bloody.
Parents of Tyre Nichols
Four days after the death of Tyre Nichols, his family told reporters they had not been allowed to see Nichols the night officers from the Memphis Police Department showed up at his parents’ doorstep to tell them he had been hospitalized.
The statements came during a Saturday afternoon balloon release to honor Nichols and marked the family’s first time addressing the public.
Children of Tyre Nichols
There is no information about the children of Tyre Nichols as of the time of this publication.