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The family of Tyre Nichols and their attorneys are taking their fight for justice to the international stage. They sent a letter to the United Nations demanding change in MPD and law enforcement agencies nationwide Friday.

Attorneys for Nichols’ family released the following statement:

“Today, we filed an Urgent Appeal before the United Nations asking it to condemn the tragic killing of Tyre Nichols, to demand transparency from the police department, and to demand that Officer Preston Hemphill and all officers that participated in the incident are criminally charged. The video evidence shows that all who were involved in Tyre’s death committed reprehensible acts that require international condemnation.”

In the letter obtained by FOX13, the appeal requests urgent action for the “torture and extrajudicial killing” of Nichols that occurred on Jan. 7 and caused his death three days later.

The letter, addressed to the UN High Commission for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland describes Tyre Nichols’ death as being part of a larger pattern of police brutality around the country. It compares his death to those of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

Nichols’ family and their attorneys believe that former MPD officer Preston Hemphill was not criminally charged because of his race, according to the letter.

The family is asking for the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office to arrest and criminally charge Hemphill for his role in Nichols’ death.

In addition to justice, they are asking for changes at the Memphis Police Department, and the US “long pattern and practice of lethal police violence” against Blacks.

“I’m not surprised,” Bennie Cobb, veteran of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement expert, said. “The egregious nature of this incident, this murder, this assault by the gang in blue; I see the attorney and the family

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District attorney to review all prior cases of former Memphis police officers charged in Tyre Nichols’ death

The local district attorney‘s office in Tennessee’s Shelby County announced Thursday that it will review all prior cases — closed and pending — of the five former Memphis police officers charged in the death of Tyre Nichols.

“This is still an active and ongoing investigation,” the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office said.

Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith were involved in the traffic stop that allegedly led to Nichols’ death last month. Nichols was arrested in Memphis on the evening of Jan. 7, after officers attempted to make a traffic stop for reckless driving near the area of Raines Road and Ross Road, according to separate press releases from the Memphis Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. A confrontation unfolded as the officers approached Nichols, who ran away. Another confrontation occurred when the officers pursued Nichols and ultimately apprehended him, police said.

After the incident, Nichols “complained of having a shortness of breath” and was transported by ambulance to Memphis’ St. Francis Hospital in critical condition, according to police.

Due to Nichols’ condition, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office was contacted and TBI special agents were subsequently requested to conduct a use-of-force investigation, according to the TBI.

Nichols “succumbed to his injuries” on Jan. 10, the TBI said. He was 29.

PHOTO: This combo of booking images provided by the Shelby County Sheriff's Office shows, from top row from left, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, bottom row from left, Desmond Mills, Jr. and Justin Smith.

This combo of booking images provided by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office shows, from top row from left, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, bottom row from left, Desmond Mills, Jr. and Justin Smith. The five former Memphis police officers have been charged with second-degree murder and other crimes in the arrest and death of Tyre Nichols, a Black motorist who died three days after a confrontation with the officers during a traffic stop.

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office

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NJ attorney general, Bridgewater mayor trade barbs over probe of cops’ mall fight response

State Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin has expressed frustration that Bridgewater Township has taken an “an inordinate length of time” to review and release a report into the police response to an altercation between two juveniles at the Bridgewater Commons mall” class=”link “police response to an altercation between two juveniles at the Bridgewater Commons mall one year ago which drew a global response after a video went viral.

Platkin, in a statement Friday, said that any further delay in releasing the report “frays the fragile trust between the public and the law enforcement community.”

If the report is not released “promptly,” the statement said, Platkin will review whether his office’s report and findings on the incident should be released before the Bridgewater Police Department finishes its review that has been ongoing for four months.

“I am committed to strengthening the trust the public has in the brave officers who serve in law enforcement. To do so we must have increased transparency and accountability in policing, and we are making great strides in that effort,” Platkin said in the statement.

In a statement a short time later, Bridgewater Mayor Matt Moench said he found Platkin’s statement “quite perplexing” and said the township had been “stonewalled” by the Attorney General’s Office.”When we attempted repeatedly to engage with the Attorney General’s office throughout the spring, summer, and fall of last year, we were essentially stonewalled,” Moench said in his statement. “If, as the Attorney General claims, there has been a delay that ‘frustrates and frays the fragile trust between the public and the law enforcement community’ then the responsibility of that delay rests squarely in Trenton, not here in Bridgewater.”

Moench placed blame for the delay on the Attorney General’s Office.

“We can only speculate as to why this matter was delayed

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District attorney clears deputies involved in fatal shooting in Windsor last year

Three Larimer County Sheriff’s Office deputies have been cleared in the fatal shooting of a Fort Collins man near Crossroads Boulevard and Centerra Parkway in Windsor last year.

Justin Anderson, 51, was shot and killed Nov. 21, 2022, following a vehicle pursuit. The Critical Incident Team investigated the shooting, and Gordon McLaughlin, district attorney for the 8th Judicial District, shared his decision in a letter dated Feb. 9 but released to the media Friday. In that letter, McLaughlin said the deputies involved in the shooting — Justin Napolitano, Jonathon Wedemeyer and Jaime Smith — were justified in their use of force and would not face any criminal charges related to the shooting.

Here’s what we learned from that letter about the circumstances surrounding the shooting, the investigation into it and McLaughlin’s decision. You can find the full letter at www.larimer.gov/da/critical-incident-response-team.

What led up to the Windsor shooting

According to McLaughlin’s letter, the incident leading up to Anderson’s shooting began when Napolitano was doing “proactive patrol” at the Love’s Travel Stop off the Berthoud exit of Interstate 25. The sheriff’s office provides contracted law enforcement services for the town of Berthoud, including the portions of the town that aren’t in Larimer County, such as where the Love’s Travel Stop is located.

McLaughlin noted that Love’s is “a common location for illicit drug transactions” and that Napolitano had made drug-related arrests there before. During his patrol, Napolitano saw a car pull up to an out-of-service gas pump and then move to another pump after the driver saw his patrol vehicle, McLaughlin wrote, adding that the car ultimately left without getting gas and the driver didn’t get out of the car before leaving.

McLaughlin said Anderson arrived as that vehicle was leaving, and he parked the gray Chevrolet truck he was driving

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