In a statement released on social media, Mayor Jim Strickland and Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis detailed that video footage connected to the police-involved death of 29-year-old Tyre D. Nichols will be released publicly after the completion of an internal investigation into the actions of the officers and after the family of Nichols has had the opportunity to review the video privately.
Nichols died last Tuesday (Jan. 10) after a traffic-stop encounter with police three days earlier near where family, friends and supporters gathered to protest and release balloons in his honor on Saturday.
The statement regarding the video footage came as Nichols’ funeral was unfolding on Tuesday.
Here is the full statement:
“We understand and agree that transparency around the events surrounding the death of Mr. Tyre Nichols is critically important, especially the release of the video footage. Because this is an open investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), MPD has reached out to TBI and the Shelby County District Attorney, Steve Mulroy.
“The video will be released publicly after the completion of the internal investigation into the actions of the officers and after the family of Mr. Nichols has had the opportunity to review the video privately.
“We anticipate that MPD’s internal investigation will be completed by the end of this week. The City has spoken with Ben Crump, attorney for the family of Mr. Nichols, and we are arranging a meeting with them early next week.”