The Memphis Police announced this Saturday the “permanent deactivation” of the Street Crime Operations to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods (SCORPION) unit, five of whose officers are implicated in the death of Tyre Nichols.
“After listening carefully to the family of Tyer Nichols, community leaders and uninvolved officers who have done a good job, it is in everyone’s best interest to permanently deactivate the SCORPION Unit,” the Memphis Police Department said in an official statement. .
The text explains that the agents assigned to this unit have accepted the decision. “The hateful acts of a few cast dishonor on the SCORPION name. It is imperative that we as the Memphis Police Department take proactive steps in the healing process for all affected,” he added.
Thus, the Department is committed to “serving our community” and to “adopting all possible measures to rebuild the trust that has been adversely affected by the death of Mr. Tyre Nichols.”
The death of Nichols as a result of his arrest after a violation of traffic regulations has sparked a new wave of protests against police violence throughout the United States, especially after the dissemination of the video of the moment of the arrest in which you can watching the officers involved brutally beat Nichols.