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Former Memphis police officer pleads guilty to Murder of Tyre Nichols

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A former Memphis Police Officer has plead guilty to federal charges over the killing of Tyre Nichols. Desmond Mills, Jr., admitted to one count of deprivation of rights under color of law after using excessive force and failing to intervene and one count of witness tampering, related to covering up the fatal police beating of Nichols in early January.

Nichols’ death several days later sparked national outrage as several officers were subsequently charged. Rev. Al Sharpton delivered Nichols’ eulogy in Memphis, during which Vice President Harris urged Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to prevent more law enforcement deaths like Nichols’. Since then, the Memphis PD’s infamous SCORPION squad has been disbanded as a Justice Department investigation continues.

“[This] marks another major step in the long road toward justice for Tyre and his family. We must remember that our journey is far from over because this officer was not the lone culprit in this heinous killing,” said Sharpton.

“Tyre was the victim of a police department culture that clearly celebrated brutality, where officers were hammers and every civilian looked like a nail. That’s why it was so important the SCORPION squad was disbanded, and the Justice Department answered our call to turn over every stone when looking at their practices and procedures.

“But as I noted in Tyre’s eulogy, these unnecessary killings will only continue so long as bad actors are covered by qualified immunity. Cops who want to break the public trust will only think twice once they realize their job, their pension or their house is on the line. We need Congress to do right by these victims and prevent future tragedy by finally passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.”

Trial for the four remaining officers: Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Justin Smith and Emmitt Martin III is set for trial on August 12, 2024.

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