Deputies Placed on Leave After Bodycam Footage Release


The Shelby County sheriff’s office has placed two deputies on administrative leave following the release of bodycam footage Friday evening of a traffic stop on Jan. 7, showing officers severely beat 29-year-old Tyre Nichols. He later died of his injuries.

Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner, Jr. said he decided to launch an internal investigation after watching the video.

"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 Tyre Nichols," Bonner said on Twitter.

He added: "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 officials were not named.

In a separate statement on Facebook, the sheriff said he was saddened and "angry" over the five police officers’ actions that resulted in Nichols’ death.

Warning: the contents of the below video are graphic in nature.

"My heartfelt condolences are expressed to the family and friends of Tyre Nichols. I am sad and angry about his tragic death," Bonner said.

The sheriff said moments like this tarnish the badge of other law enforcement officers.

"I am a second-generation law enforcement officer, and I am troubled by what we all saw captured on video. This horrible incident tarnished the badge that I wear, and many other good officers wear every day," the statement read. "I will do everything in my power to prevent another parent from having to bury their child in such a senseless and tragic way."... (Read more)

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