A representative for the Memphis Police Department confirmed Monday that a sixth officer involved in the arrest that resulted in Tyre Nichols’ death on January 7 was relieved of duty.
The Memphis Police Department has reportedly fired Officer Preston Hemphill, and the investigation is ongoing.
According to Memphis police, Hemphill was relieved on Jan 8 during the beginning of the internal investigation.
So far, it’s unclear why his name was just released this week.
When available, further information will be posted to the Memphis Police’s social media accounts.
Attorney Lee Gerald, representing Hemphill, released the following statement:
“I can confirm that I represent Memphis Police Officer Preston Hemphill who was the third officer at the initial stop of Mr. Nichols. Video One is his bodycam footage. As per departmental regulations Officer Hemphill activated his bodycam. He was never present at the second scene. He is cooperating with officials in this investigation.”
According to video footage, Hemphill was shown dragging Nichols from his car violently and using a taser to strike him as he lay on the ground. After Nichols fled, Hemphill said, “I hope they stomp his a**.”
In connection to the death of Nichols, five other Memphis Police officers were fired and charged with multiple offenses, including second-degree murder.