U.S. Attorney Kevin G. Ritz issued a statement on Wednesday announcing that the United States Attorney’s Office is opening their own investigation into the recent death of Tyre Nichols. On Tuesday, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis announced that the MPD expects to complete an internal investigation by the end of the week and to release footage of the incident after that.
“Last week, Tyre Nichols tragically died, a few days after he was involved in an incident where Memphis Police Department officers used force during his arrest,” Ritz said. “State authorities have publicly announced that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating. In addition, the United States Attorney’s Office, in coordination with the FBI Memphis Field Office and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, has opened a civil rights investigation.”