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Charges against ex-Tennessee cops

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The death of a black man after a traffic stop has legal consequences for the five ex-cops involved. Photo: Mark Weber/Daily Memphian/AP/dpa

The officers who have since been released – also blacks – are accused of murder, serious bodily harm and kidnapping. “They killed my son,” said the mother of 29-year-old Tire Nichols on Friday on US television, tearfully. US President Joe Biden called for demonstrations to remain peaceful. “Outrage is understandable, but violence is never acceptable.”

The 29-year-old was stopped by the police in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 7 for “reckless driving”. According to a family lawyer, he was then beaten up by the police for minutes. Three days later, Nichols died in hospital. The police officers had different roles in the man’s death, said District Attorney Steve Mulroy. “But you are all responsible for it.” Video footage of the incident was to be released on Friday evening (local time) – protests were expected.

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