Police unit questioned for violence and racism dissolved in the US | News
The Memphis Police, in the state of Tennessee, in the southern United States, announced this Saturday that it had decided to dissolve the unit to which the five former police officers accused of the death of Tyrone Nichols belonged, a fact that sparked protests and riots in various regions of the country. country.
Former police officers are charged with the death of an African-American in the US.
In a statement, the city's Police Chief, Cerelyn Davis, reported that the Street Crime Operations to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods (Scorpion) unit will be dissolved after the beating of former officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith gave Nichols.
The officer clarified that the acts of these former police officers stained the honor of said unit and for that reason the necessary measures must be adopted to "rebuild the trust that has been negatively affected by the death of Mr. Tire Nichols."
Davis added that to make the decision, he listened to Nichols' relatives, community leaders and officials not involved in the incident and belonging to said unit, considered elite and organized to deal with crime.
He explained that those officers agreed unreservedly with the decision to permanently dissolve Scorpion.
According to the press, the aforementioned unit was created in 2021 to combat serious crimes. However, local activists denounced the behavior of their members for what they considered harassment and intimidation of community residents, as well as for acting under prejudice and with evident brutality.
Nichols died three days after his arrest on January 7 for a traffic violation, at which time he was brutally beaten by the five former officers.
They were charged with second degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct, and official oppression.
This Friday the authorities released a video with images of the arrest of the 29-year-old and the beating he was given. After its disclosure, strong protests and riots broke out in several American cities in rejection of racism and police brutality.
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