The Memphis Police Department revealed that it’s deactivating the so-called “Scorpion Unit” following the death of Tyre Nichols.
According to Fox News, members of the unit were involved in the traffic stop that reportedly led to Nichols tragic death in the following days.
“Today, Memphis Police Officers assigned to the SCORPION Unit (Street Crimes Operations to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods) met with Chief Cerelyn ‘C.J.’ Davis to discuss the path forward for the department and the community in the aftermath of the tragic death of Tyre Nichols,” Memphis police said in a statement.
“In the process of listening intently to the family of Tyre Nichols, community leaders, and the uninvolved officers who have done quality work in their assignments, it is in the best interest of all to permanently deactivate the SCORPION Unit.”
As previously reported:
Memphis PD released four videos Friday that containted footage from street security cameras and body cameras worn by officers.
Outpourings of outrage soon began to be posted on social media by many Internet users, including politicians and other law enforcement agencies.
One of the law enforcement expressing outrage after watching the five Memphis officers punch, kick and Taser the young man was the Shelby County sheriff.
Shelby County, Tennessee Sheriff Floyd Bonner, Jr. declared in a Twitter post he noticed some of his deputies in video footage released by Memphis police.
“Having watched the videotape for the first time tonight, I have concerns about two deputies who appeared on the scene following the physical confrontation between police and Trye Nichols,” Sherrif Bonner remarked. “I have launched an internal investigation into the conduct of these deputies to determine what occurred and if any policies were violated.”
Sheriff Bonner did not release the names of the deputies he suspended while being investigated.
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