Earlier: Murdered Over Jealousy—Is Tyre Nichols The Ron Goldman Of Memphis?
From the New York Times news section:
Memphis Officer Texted Photo of Tyre Nichols After Beating
The revelation came in Memphis police documents related to the firing of five officers who have been charged with murder in Mr. Nichols’s death.
By Jessica Jaglois, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Mitch Smith
Feb. 7, 2023
Updated 7:09 p.m. ET
MEMPHIS — As Tyre Nichols sat propped against a police car, bloodied, dazed and handcuffed after being beaten by a group of Memphis police officers, one of those officers took a picture of him and sent it to at least five people, the Memphis Police Department said in a document released by the state on Tuesday….
In the newly released documents, police officials said that one of the five officers, Demetrius Haley, admitted to sending a photograph of Mr. Nichols to at least five people, including two fellow officers, a civilian employee of the department and a female acquaintance. A sixth person also received the photo, the records state.
… The videos show Mr. Haley shining a flashlight on Mr. Nichols and appearing to take a photograph with his phone. He then looks briefly at his phone and, a few seconds later, appears to take another picture. …
Memphis Police Department policy prohibits officers from using personal cellphones while performing patrol duties, such as driving a police vehicle, handling calls for service or conducting traffic stops. The department’s letter said Mr. Haley had used a personal cellphone.
All this is consistent with the rumors long swirling in Memphis of a love triangle involving Officer Haley, a woman, and poor Mr. Nichols, which I mentioned last week. This suggests that the police beating had less to do with pervasive power of systemic whiteness to make even naturally saintly blacks go all Emmett Till on each other, as countless pundits have assured us, and more like what O.J. did to Ron Goldman.