Many criminal justice experts now believed that the reason there appears to be swift justice in the killing of Tyre Niclos is that most of the officers involved are African Americans. In the past, the police Union will sound and stick to their usual defense of the police, they would claim that the public is jumping to conclusions. In fact, the police union’s silence this time has baffled many criminal justice experts. What has become obvious is that ” RACE” is still a factor in this case, affecting both the preparators and the victim.
This is becoming more evident, as one of the white police officers; Preston Hemphill, was relieved of his duties “when the other officers were relieved,” a Memphis police spokesperson told Memphis ABC affiliate WATN. That was over a week ago.
In that time, the other five officers, who are all Black, have been fired and charged with second-degree murder, among other offenses, which has raised even more questions for the department about its transparency and alludes to the possible racial dynamics in the case.
Why are all the black officers charged, and the sole white officer involved in the beating is free of no charges?
Officer Preston Hemphill was reportedly relieved of duty weeks ago, but not yet terminated or charged, which is extremely disappointing,” civil rights and personal injury attorneys Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci said in a joint statement Monday. “Why is his identity and the role he played in Tyre’s death just now coming to light?
“It certainly begs the question why the white officer involved in this brutal attack was shielded and protected from the public eye, and to date, from sufficient discipline and accountability,” the statement continued. “The Memphis Police Department owes us all answers.”
All the police officers — Justin Smith, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, and Desmond Mills Jr. — seen beating Nichols were fired on Jan. 20 and charged less than a week later on Jan. 26 with second-degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct, and official oppression.
Hemphill, however, who joined Memphis Police Department in 2018, has not been charged with any crimes. WHY?