MEMPHIS — The Memphis Police Department confirms Monday, that the sixth officer has been relieved of duty in Connection with the death Tyre Nichols.

The department dismissed five officers this month shortly after they were placed on leave. Five of them were then arrested last week for second-degree killing. in Connect with Mr. Nichols’s death. Preston Hemphill was the sixth officer. His role is unknown in The encounter.

The department spokeswoman confirmed Monday that Mr. Hemphill had been placed on leave the day before the suspension of the other officers.

Police Officers kicked Mr. Nichols in The head was pepper-sprayed and hit repeatedly with a baton by the officer after he pulled him over on January 7, for reckless driving. However, despite the fact that he did not appear to be able to fight back, the video footage of the incident were released Friday. Mr. Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man, died in Three days later, the hospital was called.

Officer Hemphill’s lawyer, Lee Gerald, said in The city released Video 1 of the encounter videos on Friday. This statement said that Video 1 is the origin of one of them. Officer Hemphill’s body camera.

“He was never present at the second scene,” Where officers met up with Mr. Nichols Following a quick foot chase Mr. Gerald spoke of Officer Hemphill. He also stated that his client “is cooperating with officials in this investigation.”

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