This is the second reported death of a Black man following a traffic stop this month. Just last week, Washington D.C. teacher Keenan Anderson was shocked repeatedly with a Taser by the LAPD during a traffic stop. He died four hours later at the hospital. Both Anderson and Nichols’ family were left with more questions than answers as to how a routine stop could turn fatal.

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Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing the family, is asking for police to release video from the stop, saying in a statement that “all of the available information tells us that this was the tragic and preventable death of a young man.”

“Nobody should ever die from a simple traffic stop — the footage is the only way to discern the true narrative of why and how that happened to Tyre,” Crump said.

Family members also demonstrated outside the National Civil Rights Museum with protesters Monday, holding signs with photos of Nichols. Rodney Wells, Nichols’ stepfather, was among the relatives protesting over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, NBC affiliate WMC reported.

“You shouldn’t be on a dialysis machine, press machine, looking like this because of a traffic stop,” Wells told WMC.


The Memphis Police Department said they are taking disciplinary action against the officers involved following an internal investigation the day of the incident. The state bureau of investigation and Shelby County District Attorney’s Office were contacted to conduct a use-of-force investigation.