By Doha Madani
Tyre Nichols was the victim of an “unadulterated, unabashed, nonstop beating” reminiscent to the brutality Rodney King suffered at the hands of police officers, attorneys representing the man’s family said Monday after having seen video of the police encounter that happened days before Nichols died.
Nichols, 29, was hospitalized and died three days after Memphis, Tennessee, police officers stopped him on Jan. 7.
Five officers involved in the traffic stop were fired Friday after an administrative investigation found they violated department policies, Police Chief C.J. Davis said in a statement.
Attorneys Benjamin Crump and Antonio Romanucci, who are representing Nichols’ family, said they could not offer many details of the video after having viewed it with city officials.
At a news conference Monday, Romanucci described it as an “unadulterated, unabashed, nonstop beating” for three minutes.
“There were multiple uses of force, multiple uses of force,” Romanucci said. “That’s what we can say.”