MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – A half billion dollar federal civil lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Tyr Nichols’ mother.
Attorney Benjamin Crump says the lawsuit is a warning to all other cities that this could happen in other cities.
“We’re trying to send a clear message to Memphis and a clear message to America, no more Tyr Nichols,” Crump said Thursday.
The 139-page lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee.
The defendants are Memphis Police Chief Serelin C.J. Davis, five officers charged in the death of Tyre Nichols, as well as other MPD officers and Memphis Fire Department personnel who arrived at the scene on the night of January 7th.
Tyr Nichols Mother is named as a plaintiff in the case.
“Those 5 police officers killed my son, they beat him to death and they need to be held accountable,” said Rowvon Wells.
The complaint alleges “intentional, reckless and negligent infliction of emotional distress.”
The complaint refers to the now-disbanded SCORPION unit, which trained and authorized officers to carry out the actions against Nichols.
Nichols died days after being seen on video being beaten and beaten during a traffic stop.
Memphis attorney Michael Working says the civil lawsuit is something he’s never seen before.
“A lot of times now, attorneys are really asking for a significant amount of money so that they can negotiate where they have plenty of room to land and still get a staggering amount,” Koring said.
In the George Floyd case, Benjamin Crump was able to secure $27 million for Floyd’s family.
In the Tire Nichols case, Crump wants 20 times more money.
Lawyers estimate that it will take another 2 years before the case goes to trial, even if a settlement is reached by then.
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