Two deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office were relieved of duty pending an administrative investigation in connection to Nichols’ death, Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr. announced Friday night after watching the video for the first time.
Bonner said he had “concerns about two deputies who appeared on the scene following the physical confrontation between police and Tyre Nichols.” The investigation will look into their conduct to determine what happened and if any polices were violated, the sheriff said.
In an earlier statement Friday, Bonner said he was “troubled” by what he saw on the video.
“This horrible incident tarnishes the badge that I wear, and many other good officers wear every day. I will do everything in my power to prevent another parent from having to bury their child in such a senseless and tragic way.”