Up to 20 hours of footage from Tyre Nichols’ deadly police beating yet to be released

By Isabel Keane

Paramedics stand near Tyre Nichols, seated leaning against a car, as police officers, right, stand at the scene.

A prosecutor said there are up to 20 hours of additional footage related to the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols.AP

Up to 20 hours of additional video footage related to the fatal police beating of Tyre Nichols has yet to be released, a prosecutor revealed Wednesday.

The unreleased footage includes audio of what was said after the vicious Jan. 7 beating and during the ambulance ride that brought the 29-year-old black man to the hospital, Shelby County prosecutor Steven Mulroy told CNN.

The disturbing footage released Friday showing Nichols’ traffic stop and beating contradicts what police said happened in the Memphis officers’ initial report that night.

“The incident report that has gone public does not match up on all fours with what one sees when one looks at the video that’s already been released,” Mulroy said Wednesday.

Additional charges of “false reporting” related to the first police report are being considered, a spokesperson for Mulroy’s office told CNN. Memphis police and city officials will determine when the unseen footage will be released.

The report details an “irate” Nichols, who repeatedly fought officers and reached for their guns. But the footage released by the Memphis Police Department last week does not show Nichols attacking officers or reaching for any weapon.

In the video, Nichols can be heard crying out for his mother, who lives mere yards away from where he was beaten. The harrowing video shows Nichols being held down on the ground by two cops as a third repeatedly kicks him in the face.

A fourth officer can be seen striking Nichols with a police baton while another cheers him on.

Tyre Nichols lies on the ground during a brutal attack by Memphis police officers on Jan. 7, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn.

The unreleased footage allegedly includes audio of what was said after the vicious Jan. 7 beating and during the ambulance ride that brought Nichols to the hospital.


The footage shows that Nichols was punched in the head at least six times before cops handcuffed him and leaned him against a nearby car. The father of one died from his injuries in the hospital on Jan. 10.

All five officers, some of whom were part of the department’s now-disbanded elite SCORPION task force, have been fired and arrested on murder charges. Two sheriff’s deputies and two other officers were also placed on leave following the deadly encounter.

Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man who was pulled over while driving and died three days later, is examined by apparent emergency medical technicians.

The brutal Jan. 7 beating led to Nichols’ death three days later. via REUTERS

Tyre Nichols

Nichols was on his way home when he was pulled over by police officers. AP

Three Memphis Fire Department employees were also fired following Nichols’ death after it was revealed that they “failed to conduct an adequate patient assessment on the victim.”

A funeral service held for Nichols on Wednesday afternoon in Memphis was attended by some 2,500 mourners and featured a eulogy from civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and an address from Vice President Kamala Harris.

top row from left, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, bottom row from left, Desmond Mills, Jr. and Justin Smith.

Former Memphis police officers charged in Nichol’s death (clockwise from top left): Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Justin Smith and Desmond Mills Jr.AP

RowVaughn Wells, the mother of Tyre Nichols at his funeral service

RowVaughn Wells, the mother of Tyre Nichols, gets into a car at her son’s funeral service Wednesday in Memphis.


Rev. Al Sharpton delivers the eulogy during the funeral service for Tyre Nichols.

Tyre Nichols’s funeral service Wednesday in Memphis.


Tyre Nichols casket is seen during his funeral at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis, Tennessee.

Tyre Nichols’s funeral service Wednesday in Memphis.


A screen at the entrance of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church displays the celebration of life for Tyre Nichols.

Tyre Nichols’s funeral service Wednesday in Memphis.


The service was held at the Mason Temple Church of God in Christ headquarters, best known as the place where Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech shortly before his 1968 assassination.

Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd’s brother Philonise were also reportedly in attendance.

During the service, members of Nichols’ family shared memories of the mild-mannered father of one who loved to skateboard.

Nichols, a 29-year-old FedEx worker, loved to skateboard and watch sunsets. AP

Nichols’ sister Keyana Dixon said her brother was “robbed of his life, his passions, and his talents, but not his light.” His father, Rodney Wells, said he hopes his son’s death will lead to the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

“We have to fight for justice,” Wells said. “We cannot continue to let these people brutalize our kids.”


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