One of the five Memphis Police Department officers, Demetrius Haley, allegedly shared graphic photos of Tyre Nichols after his beating.
Haley is among five law enforcement officials, three of which were recently booted from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, who have been charged with a multitude of crimes, including second-degree murder, official misconduct, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, and official oppression, in relation to Nichols’ death.
According to The Tennesseean, The Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) in Tennessee is calling for the decertification of all former officers. POST serves as the state’s police certification agency and has the authority to revoke an officer’s certification, rendering them unable to work for any other police department in Tennessee.
The POST statement read, “On [Haley’s] personal cell phone, [Haley] took two photographs while standing in front of the obviously injured subject after he was handcuffed,” the document read. “[Haley] admitted [he] shared the photo in a text message with five people; one civilian employee, two MPD officers, and one female acquaintance.”
According to the department’s regulations, officers are also not allowed to share information “relating to official police matters without prior approval or subpoena.”
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As previously reported by NewsOnyx, Nichols died on January 10 when five Memphis Police officers brutally beat him after pulling him over for allegedly driving recklessly on January 7.
The 29-year-old was transported to a hospital, where he was placed on life support but died three days later.
Since the brutal beating, the man’s name has been covering the media headlines with an uproar within the community calling for justice.
Nichols’ funeral was held at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis on February 1. The procession concluded with the grieving community coming together at the Underground Cafe, run by Chef Tamra Patterson, to celebrate his memory. The Underground Cafe fed the family and friends with the help of other nearby restaurants.