Memphis Jail Death

Attorney Ben Crump raises a fist and says "justice for Gershun Freeman" while the Freeman family and the parents of Tyre Nichols stand next to him to address Freeman's death while in custody during a news conference outside of the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center in Memphis, Tenn., on Friday, March 17, 2023. Gershun Freeman died in custody last fall after Memphis jailers punched, kicked and kneeled on his back during a confrontation are seeking answers for their son and punishments against the jail staff.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis police supervisor on scene when Tyre Nichols was beaten to death by officers retired with his benefits the day before a hearing to fire him, according to documents filed to revoke his law enforcement certification.

Lt. DeWayne Smith was identified Friday in records obtained by media outlets as the officer that officials said earlier this month had retired before his termination hearing.

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