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Two officers charged with the murder of Tire Nichols had previously been reprimanded by the Memphis Police Department

According to a new report, two Memphis officers charged with murder in the fatal beating of Tire Nichols have received past reprimands related to forcible arrests.

Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith were all fired and charged with a slew of felonies — including second-degree murder — following the Jan. 7 traffic stoppage that resulted in Nichols’ death. They are charged with beating, pepper spraying and groping Nichols after they stopped him on suspicion of reckless driving.

Nichols died in a hospital three days later. He was 29.

According to personnel files obtained by ABC Newsit is not the first time that some officers have a suspect in their hands.

Mills had previously been given a written reprimand for failing to complete a “Response to Resistance” form after assisting another officer in a 2019 forcible arrest of a woman. (her) by the arms, bringing her to the ground. He then “put her arms behind her back and another officer handcuffed her,” according to the case summary.

Haley received a similar reprimand in 2021, according to ABC News.

In that incident, Haley “grabbed” the suspect “by the arm and turned her around to be handcuffed as she resisted arrest,” according to the case summary. He then helped another officer force her into the back seat of the patrol car, documents said.

The woman later claimed officers dislocated her shoulder at the scene. Haley was also later given a written reprimand for failing to complete a “Response to Resistance” form.

Video was released Friday of Nichols’ violent confrontation with police, consisting of footage from the city’s surveillance cameras and bodycams. The graphic content sparked protests in Memphis and beyond, with thousands of people across the country taking to the streets calling for justice on Nichols’ behalf.

Local, state and federal authorities continue to investigate the traffic stop and Nichols’ subsequent death.

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