3 former MPD officers for decertification

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Former Memphis police officers involved in the Tyre Nichols case are up for decertification Thursday.

Those officers – Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III and Justin Smith – will be considered in Nashville.

They are three of five people charged with second-degree murder in the death of Tyr Nichols.

If these officers are not certified, they can never work in law enforcement in Tennessee.

The pending ruling comes just over two months after five officers were charged in the second murder.

Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis filed for decertification in late January.

Attorney Blake Ballin, who represents former officer Desmond Mills, says Mills has already surrendered his affidavit.

Ballin tells us that neither he nor his client will participate in the trial.

“Mr. Mills has taken the position that he doesn’t want to be a law enforcement officer in Tennessee, even if they wanted him to be a police officer,” Ballin said. So we’re on the same page on that. He previously said that like all of us, he has very limited time, resources and energy, so he is focusing their attention on the criminal case.”

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