(Omaha, NE) -- Friday night the Memphis, Tennessee Police Department released body cam footage of the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols and the Omaha Police Department has responded.
Shortly after the video was released, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer released the following statement:
“As an agency we want to express our sadness and offer our condolences to the family of Mr. Tyre Nichols. I want to commend the Memphis Police Chief and District Attorney for taking swift, decisive actions regarding the involved officers. Criminal activity by police officers can never be tolerated. Not in Memphis. Not in Omaha. Not anywhere. The five Memphis officers have undermined the trust that communities place in law enforcement all across the country. We denounce their actions. The Omaha Police Department is dedicated to upholding the trust placed in it by the community. Further, we are committed to transparency, accountability, and the high level of integrity that our citizens demand.”
Nichols was beaten during a traffic stop in Memphis on January 7th. He was hospitalized and place on life support following the interaction with police. He was taken off life support and died three days later. Five former Memphis Police officers have been charged with second degree murder in Nichols' death.