by Madeleine Hubbard
The Justice Department on Wednesday announced that it will review the Memphis Police Department’s procedures and produce a national guide for officials to use in assessing specialized policing units in the wake of Tyre Nichols’ death.
The review, which was requested by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis, will be conducted through the agency’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). It will “cover policies, practices, training, data and processes” relating to the department’s “use of force, de-escalation and specialized units,” the Justice Department said.
Separate from the review, the federal government plans on producing a guide to help local officials “assess the appropriateness of the use of specialized units as well as how to ensure necessary management and oversight of such units,” the Justice Department also said.
Multiple officers have been criminally charged and more have been disciplined by the police department for their involvement in the altercation before Nichols’ death.
Nichols, who is black, died January 10 three days after a traffic stop made by Memphis police officers.
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Madeleine Hubbard joined Just the News as a fast file reporter after working as an editor at Breitbart News. Hubbard previously served as the special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.