Ex-MPD officer turns self in on federal charges in Tyre Nichols’ death
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A former Memphis police officer turned himself in following a federal indictment related to the death of Tyre Nichols.
Desmond Mills’ lawyer says Mills turned himself in Wednesday morning.
Mills, Emmitt Martin III, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley and Justin Smith were served a federal indictment for four counts:
- Deprivation of rights under color of law: Excessive force and failure to intervene
- Deprivation of rights under color of law: Deliberate indifference
- Conspiracy to witness-tamper
- Obstruction of justice: witness-tampering
Action News 5 is reaching out to lawyers to see if the other officers are in the process of turning themselves in.
Tyre Nichols died in the hospital several days after he was beaten. The attack was captured on video.
MPD determined the officers violated multiple policies, including excessive use of force, duty to intervene, and duty to render aid.
A trial date is expected be set on September 15 at the former officers’ next court appearance.
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