Two EMTs and fire department lieutenant fired after Tyre Nichols killing
BREAKING NEWS: Memphis Fire Department FIRES two EMTs and lieutenant called out to fatal Tyre Nichols beating after they ‘violated numerous protocols’ by ignoring police brutality victim as he lay dying
- The trio were called to assist Memphis police on January 7 after they chased and arrested Tyre Nichols, 29, following a traffic stop
- Five members of Memphis police department were fired last week for the fatal beating of the FedEx driving, and on Monday a sixth officer lost his job
- The three members of the fire department were fired for ignoring protocol and actions that ‘do not meet expectations’
Memphis fire department on Monday evening announced they had fired three members of staff for failing to assist Tyre Nichols as he lay dying following a January 7 police beating.
The trio comprised of two EMTs, Robert Long and JaMichael Sandridge, and Lieutenant Michelle Whitaker.
Their firing comes hours after a sixth police officer, Preston Hemphill, was hold he was losing his job. Hemphill was one of the officers who initially pulled Nichols over in a traffic stop, and fired his taser as Nichols ran away. Hemphill was not on the scene when Nichols was caught and beaten to death.
Long and Sandridge arrived on scene after Nichols had been caught and beaten, in a vehicle driven by a driver, with Whitaker also inside.
She remained in the vehicle while Long and Sandridge got out to attend to the scene.
JaMichael Sandridge (left) and Robert Long, both EMTs with the fire department, were fired on Monday after they failed to attend to the dying Tyre Nichols
Lieutenant Michelle Williams was also fired on Monday night: she remained in the fire truck when they arrived on scene
Tyre Nichols, 29, was brutally beaten like a ‘human piñata’ by five Memphis, Tennessee, police officers , who were all African American, on January 7 and died three days later in the hospital from kidney failure and cardiac arrest