The recent leak of a video by the Memphis Police Department sparked controversy across the country and ignited a heated discussion about police brutality.
This article aims to give a complete overview of what led up to the leak and what we already know about this hot topic on Twitter and Reddit.
Memphis Police Department has long been under scrutiny. Several incidents of police brutality, including the use of excessive force, have been reported. The recent video leak has brought this issue to the fore and sparked a national conversation on the need for reform.
The video was posted on social media by a Memphis officer who used excessive force to arrest a suspect. The officer is seen hitting the suspect multiple times and using the stun gun even though the suspect appeared to be following the officer’s orders.
Reactions to Leaked Video
The video leaked has been widely shared and has sparked many reactions, ranging from anger and outrage to supporting the police officer who was involved. Social media has seen a lot of attention to the incident, and many people have expressed their opinions.
Many people have demanded that the Memphis Police Department implement stricter policies on the use of force and hold the officer accountable for his actions. Others have said that this incident is a reminder of the need for reform in the police force and officers’ training in de-escalation methods.
Some have supported the officer, arguing that he did his job in protecting himself and was just doing his duty.
The investigation into the Leaked Video
Memphis Police Department launched an internal investigation of the leaked video. The officer who was involved in the leak has been placed on leave administrative. The department also released a statement in which it condemned the officer’s conduct and promised to take the appropriate actions once the investigation was complete.
The department has had a long history of using excessive force. Many people want to see sweeping changes made to how the department functions.
The Memphis Police Department’s leaked video has again brought to light the issue of police violence and the need for reform. There is much work to do to prevent incidents such as this from happening in the future.
We hope the investigation of the leaked video leads to necessary changes and will ensure that such incidents do not occur again.
One dead in officer-involved shooting
According to the DA’s Office, Jaylin McKenzie was found dead on Cochese Avenue at Parkway Village in Parkway Village. This happened on December 16. The officers involved were not injured.
Three videos have been redacted: one from a patrol car camera and two other body-worn cameras. The officer who fired the shots did not activate his camera.
Memphis Police Department stated in a press release on Tuesday that officers were patrolling an area to prevent smash-and-grab crimes when they noticed a suspicious Infiniti white in the parking lot. The businesses had closed. The officers pursued the Infiniti which fled down American Way
One officer was inside the patrol car with his body-worn video camera, recording his driving partner while he was on his phone. The Infiniti turns sharply, hits a curb, and lands on the grass.
He chases McKenzie for less than one minute on foot before he trips. He tries to catch him up but is too far away. Then he heard gunshots. The officer who fired the gun on that night did not activate his body-worn camcorder.
Memphis Police released a statement a few hours after the incident, stating that the suspect, whom they were chasing, had turned and fired, prompting an officer to fire back.
Families of Men killed by MPD officers demand justice
The DA’s office released footage taken from a body camera of an officer who arrived at the scene. The footage shows him removing the gun from McKenzie’s side before rendering aid.
MPD confirmed on Tuesday that representatives from the city had shared videos with McKenzie’s family in September. McKenzie’s parents had been asking to see the videos for months.
Our open records request has been denied at least three times.McKenzie: “I am being denied the right to know what has happened to my only child.” Steve Mulroy, DA of the District Attorney’s Office (DA), says that he is committed to transparency. “This means video footage should be released as quickly as possible so the public can view it themselves,” according to the statement.
The DA claims that the handgun McKenzie fired was recovered on that night. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was notified of everything. Mulroy’s Justice Review Unit will review the findings after their investigation and make a recommendation.
Five former Memphis police officers indicted federally indicted in Tyre Nichols case
In a written announcement, the Memphis Police Department stated that an administrative investigation was conducted for violations of policy.
MPD stated that the charges were upheld and disciplinary measures were taken for violations of departmental pursuit notification requirements and body-worn cameras.
Tyre Nichols, Memphis Police: What we know
The indictment includes four separate counts, including excessive force, failure to intervene, and deliberate indifference. It also lists conspiracy to witness-tamper and witness-tampering by former officers Emmitt Martin and Tadarrius Bean.
The report also includes a list of overt actions committed by officers during the incident. Haley and Mills removed their body cameras, set them aside, and then gathered with other officers to discuss how much force was used on Nichols. They also made statements like “I thought if he didn’t fall we were about to kill him” while emergency medical staff were present.
In a press release, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland continued: “Tyre Nichols was seen being punched, kicked, and pepper-sprayed by police officers during his arrest in an act that left many shocked and outraged. We all heard him scream for his mother, saying, “I’m trying to get home.”
“Officers who violate the civil rights of those they are supposed to protect undermine public safety, which relies upon trust between law enforcement and their community. They disgrace their fellow officers, who perform their duties with integrity each day. The Justice Department will hold officers accountable who violate their oath.
The maximum sentence for the excessive force and failure-to-intervene counts is life imprisonment, while each of the conspiracy and witness-tampering counts carries a maximum of 20 years.
The five men who were members of the now-disbanded MPD SCORPION unit also face criminal charges in Shelby County, including second-degree murder and aggravated assault. They are also charged with two counts of kidnapping aggravated, two counts of official misconduct, as well as official oppression.
Former Memphis officers have been charged in Tyre Nichols’ death.
“It’s tragic to see someone cut down at 29 with so many unfinished milestones, so many unspoken words, and so much unfulfilled potential,” said Assistant Attorney-General Kristen Clarke of U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, during a Tuesday press conference in Memphis. “Tyre Nichols should still be alive today – no one should have to grieve the death of a loved one because of police brutality.
Ben Crump, Antonio Romanucci, and the attorneys representing Nichols’ family praised Clark, and United States Attorney Kevin G. Ritz, for their efforts following the announcement of federal criminal charges.
The news that the United States Justice Department will hold Tyre’s family criminally accountable on a federal level gives his family new hope in their grief and inspires change. We commend AG Garland for his tireless efforts in creating federal accountability for the officers who were chosen to be part of the Memphis Police Department’s SCORPION Unit and brutally ended Tyre’s life. This set a crucial precedent for accountability and Justice.”
During a recent press conference, Nichols’ mother RowVaughn Wells, and her stepfather Rodney Wells thanked the Department of Justice personally for its efforts, calling the indictments a significant step towards justice.
“We are very, very happy. Rodney Wells said, “This is a great day for the Wells Family and for justice.” This has been a long-awaited event and we are so happy to have arrived at this point. The next step is to have convictions.