Ben Crump and Antonio Romanuci, lawyers hired by Nichol’s family claimed “preliminary finding indicate Tyre sufferance extensive bleeding caused by a severe beating.” The lawyers said that the autopsy report lends credence to the claims of the family about the use of unauthorized, unjustified brutal use of force.
The autopsy reported, hitherto withheld and placed on a “security hold”, has finally been released, shedding new light on the cause of death. According to the autopsy report, the death of Tyre. D. Nichols was caused by “extensive bleeding caused by a severe beating.” These revelations have led to the demand for release of full body camera footage, which is likely to shed light on how Mr Nichol’s death came about.
“My son was a beautiful soul. Nobody is perfect, but he was damn near,”
Mrs Wells, Nichol’s mother.
The Memphis Police Department has fired the five police officers involved in the incident.
Meanwhile the Memphis police has also “relieved” the two Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who responded to call of medical attention after the incident. The EMTs were in an ambulance during a town hall meeting at the time of the incident.
The body camera footage, which is yet to be made public, was shown to the family of Mr. Nichols in a private viewing.
“They murdered him,” is how Nichol’s mother RowVaughn Wells, described the footage. His stepfather Rodney Well said, “what I saw on the video was horrific. No father or mother should have to witness what I witnessed today.”
“My son was a beautiful soul. Nobody is perfect, but he was damn near,” Mrs Wells, Nichol’s mother said.
The FBI and the Department of Justice have opened a civil rights investigation into Mr. Nichol’s death.