In addition to five Memphis police officers charged in the death of Tyre Nichols, a Tennessee sheriff suspended two deputies.
Memphis PD released four videos Friday that contained 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 from law enforcement who expressed 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,” Bonner remarked. “I have launched an internal investigation into the conduct of these deputies to determine what occurred and if any policies were violated.”
“Both of these deputies have been relieved of duty pending the outcome of this administrative investigation,” the sheriff added.
Bonner did not release the names of the deputies he suspended while being investigated.
He added a more personal note about the young man who died three days after police severely beat him.
“My heartfelt condolences are expressed to the family and friends of Tyre Nichols. I am sad and angry about his tragic death,” Bonner said in a post to Facebook.
“I am a second-generation law enforcement officer, and I am disgusted by what we all saw captured on video,” the sheriff added. “This horrible incident tarnishes the badge that I wear, and many other good officers wear every day. I will do everything in my power to prevent another parent from having to bury their child in such a senseless and tragic way.”
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