Video of brutal police beating of Tyre Nichols released

Footage shows a violent beating, a compliant Nichols, but sheds no light on why Nichols was pulled over

By , Daily Memphian Updated: January 28, 2023 3:06 PM CT | Published: January 27, 2023 6:03 PM CT

The graphic and violent police video footage of the attempted arrest leading to Tyre Nichols’ death has been released by the City of Memphis and the Memphis Police Department. 

In the footage, Nichols can be seen being restrained, beaten, Tasered and pepper sprayed by MPD officers. Afterward, Nichols is seen lying on the ground as officers can be seen standing around talking and in some cases joking. Although bloody and clearly very injured, Nichols was not given medical attention until 15 minutes after the beating ended. 

While the footage shows police aggressively pulling Nichols from his car after being pulled over, it sheds no light on why Nichols was initially pulled over by the police. The earliest moments in the video footage show Nichols’ car already stopped.

Nichols appears to be compliant with police as he’s taken from his vehicle, telling police, “I didn’t do anything” and “I’m just trying to go home.” 

Five MPD officers have been arrested and charged with second-degree murder and other charges.

Later on Friday, Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr. said that after viewing the videos for the first time, two sheriff deputies who were at the scene after Nichols’ beating have been suspended. MPD has previously said that other MPD officers are also being investigated.

The Daily Memphian is including shorter, edited versions of the four videos released by MPD, as well as the full versions of the videos at the bottom of this article. 

Editor’s Note: These videos contain content that may be upsetting to sensitive viewers. The Daily Memphian is adding it here due to the public’s right to know and overwhelming interest in what exactly happened to Tyre Nichols. For a guide on how to control social media settings for sensitive content, go here.

In the first video (Video 1), taken from a body camera on one of the MPD officers, Nichols can be seen being pulled out of his vehicle by an officer and can be heard repeatedly saying, “I didn’t do anything.” 

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It is unclear in the video why Nichols has been pulled over or why the officers aggressively approach him and pull him from the driver’s seat of the car.

Officers later ask Nichols to “get on the (expletive) ground.” He complies after being threatened with a Taser. Officers tell him to get on the ground again, and he says, “I am just trying to go home. ... I am on the ground.” 

An officer then yells, “On your stomach.” 

As officers begin to Tase him, Nichols is able to get up and run away. 

Note: This version of Video 1 is edited for length. The full version is included at the bottom of this article.

In the second video (Video 2), taken from a pole-mounted camera, four police officers have Nichols on the ground and are beating him with their fists, kicking him and, at one point, hitting him with a baton. Nichols appears to be barely moving by the end of the beating. He is bloody and bruised.

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Police then drag Nichols across the pavement and prop him against a squad car. Nichols lies on the ground or leans against the car as officers stand around him talking to one another. Numerous times he leans or falls over and is then propped back up by police. 

Approximately 15 minutes after the beating ends, what appear to be EMTs enter the video and seem to begin to tend to Nichols. Approximately 25 minutes after the end of the beating, an ambulance pulls up next to Nichols. There is no sound in this video.

Note: This version of Video 2 is edited for length. The full version is included at the bottom of this article.

In the third video (Video 3), officers are in pursuit on foot; they catch up to Nichols and spray a chemical agent into his eyes and face. 

Officers can be heard repeatedly saying, “Give me your (expletive) hands.” 

One officer threatens to use his baton, and Nichols can be heard moaning. Officers hit Nichols as he calls out, “Mom.” The officers continue to hit Nichols with their fists; it appears they also kick him. He is on the ground much of the time. When he does stand, he is staggering and moaning, arms at his sides.

After the beating ends and Nichols lies on the ground, officers can be seen and heard breathing heavily and talking to one another. 

Note: This version of Video 3 is edited for length. The full version is included at the bottom of this article.

In the fourth video (Video 4), there is footage of the beating of Nichols from another officer’s body camera. Officers can be heard yelling, and Nichols can be heard screaming and moaning. Officers can again be heard repeatedly saying, “Give me your (expletive) hands.” One officer threatens to use his baton, and Nichols can be heard moaning.

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After Nichols has been leaned up against a squad car, officers in this footage can be heard talking about the pursuit, breathing heavily and, in some moments, seeming to joke with one another. 

It’s unclear how many police are on the scene after the beating, but there are at least six officers and maybe as many as eight other people, seemingly from the police department, although Sheriff Bonner noted that sheriff’s deputies were at the scene and have been suspended after Bonner saw the video.

Note: There are two videos below, both taken from the original Video 4 and edited for length. The full version of Video 4 is included at the bottom of this article.


The footage release comes four days after Nichols’ family privately viewed it with city and police officials.

Nichols, 29, was stopped by Memphis Police officers Jan. 7 near the intersection of Raines and Ross Roads. He died Jan. 10 from injuries he sustained in the incident.

The full videos released by MPD are included below.

Video 1 (full unedited)

Video 2 (full unedited)

Video 3 (full unedited)

Video 4 (full unedited)

Footage from all four traffic stop videos 

Tyre Nichols

Tyre Nichols died Jan. 10, days after being injured during an incident with Memphis police officers, Jan. 7. Here’s a timeline of notable events since then. 

• People mourning Tyre Nichols amass outside the National Civil Rights Museum Jan. 16, calling for action from the Memphis Police Department.

• Family, friends and coworkers attend the memorial service for Tyre Nichols, remembering his “free spirit” and love for skateboarding

• On Jan. 18, the U.S. Attorney’s Office opened a civil rights investigation into the death of Tyre Nichols.

• The Daily Memphian reports Jan. 23 that one of the Memphis police officers fired in connection with Tyre Nichols’ death was previously accused of police brutality

• After viewing the bodycam footage with the Nichols family on Jan. 23, civil rights attorney Ben Crump calls the video “appalling” and “heinous.”

• Tyre Nichols suffered “extensive bleeding,” according to results from an independent autopsy done by a pathologist hired by the Nichols’ family legal representatives. 

• The Daily Memphian reports Jan. 25 the officers terminated in connection to Tyre Nichols’ death were affiliated with SCORPION, a Memphis Police Department special unit.

• Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis orders an investigation of all specialized police units Jan. 25, as she said that more police officers are under investigation than the five who were fired following the death of Tyre Nichols.

• On Jan. 26, charges were filed against the police officers fired in connection with the death of Tyre Nichols. 

• Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy announces the date for the video of the incident between Tyre Nichols and police officers.

• On Jan. 26, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland confirms the city will release the police video recording of the Tyre Nichols incident sometime Jan. 27, after 6 p.m.

• At least two of the officers in the Tyre Nichols case post bond just hours after being booked in the Shelby County Jail at 201 Poplar Ave. on Jan. 26.

• On Jan. 26, attorneys for the family of Tyre Nichols call for an end to law enforcement units like the Memphis Police Department’s SCORPION unit.

• After winning his 100th game Jan. 26, Memphis Tigers basketball coach Penny Hardaway says he wants to ensure the city is “better than we were.”

• A vigil is held Jan. 26 at Tobey Skate Park for Tyre Nichols by his friends, family, mourners and a few of his fellow skateboarders.

• Attorney Ben Crump asks that Memphis’ handling of this situation become “a blueprint” for how other cases are handled in the future. 

• MPD’s Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis discusses why the Nichols’ footage will be released on a Friday evening, as well as the Memphis Fire Department employees role in the death. 

• Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says fixing police culture could be more difficult than adding more training for MPD officers. 

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Julia Baker

Julia Baker

Julia Baker covers criminal justice for The Daily Memphian. A lifelong Memphian, Julia graduated from the University of Memphis in 2021. Other publications and organizations she has written for include Chalkbeat, Memphis Flyer, Memphis Parent magazine and Memphis magazine.