Tyre Nichols death cause has been revealed. According to the medical examiner’s report, Nichols died from blunt force trauma three days after being attacked by Memphis police in January.
NBC News reports the Nichols family were briefed on autopsy results by Shelby County district attorney Steve Mulroy earlier Wednesday (May 3).
“The legal team representing the family of Tyre Nichols acknowledges the release of the medical examiner’s report, the contents of which are highly consistent with our own reporting back in January of this year,” said attorneys Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci in a joint statement. “We know now what we knew then.”
The official autopsy report further propels our commitment to seeking justice for this senseless tragedy,” the statement concluded.
Nichols, 29, was pronounced dead Jan. 10 after five Memphis police officials beat, slapped, peppered-sprayed and kicked him during a January 7 traffic stop. The five officers identified as Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith – were fired and then charged with multiple counts, including second-degree murder, to which they pleaded not guilty in February.
The Nichols family filed a $550 million lawsuit in April against the city of Memphis and police officers for reckless behavior. The suit filed on behalf of Nichols’ mother, RowVaugh Wells claims Memphis Police Director Cerelyn “CJ” Davis started the now disbanded Scorpion crime unit to “disproportionately” target young Black men. Wells claims the unit uses “extreme intimidation, humiliation, and violence.”
The lawsuit also names three Memphis Fire Department employees who were fired after reports emerged that they failed to render aid to Nichols after the beating.
“This lynching was carried out by those adorned in department sweatshirts and vests and their actions were sanctioned — expressly and implicitly — by the City of Memphis,” the filing alleges.