Durbin won't rule out federal investigation into Memphis Police Department
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said on Sunday he would not rule out a federal investigation into the entire Memphis Police Department after the death of Tyre Nichols.
The big picture: The Department of Justice has announced that it opened an investigation into whether the five police officers involved in Nichols' death violated his civil rights.
Catch up quick: On Friday, the city of Memphis released footage showing police officers fatally beating Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man who died days after he was pulled over during a traffic stop on Jan. 7.
- The police body camera and neighborhood security footage showed multiple officers kicking, punching and striking Nichols with a baton as he screamed for help.
- The five officers, all of whom have been fired, were part of Scorpion, a specialized law enforcement unit in the Memphis Police Department that has since been permanently disbanded.
- The five officers — who are all Black — have been charged with second-degree murder.
- Two additional deputies with Shelby County Sheriff's Office were relieved of duty pending an impending investigation.
What he’s saying: “I would not rule that out,” Durbin, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said when asked about a federal investigation probing the police department on ABC’s “This Week."
- “There are good policemen out there risking their lives for us. But there are those who should not be on the force... and we see their prejudice," he said.