FOX13 Investigates: 6 years of personnel files from officers charged with Tyre Nichols murder

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — FOX13 obtained personnel files for the former Memphis Police officers who have been charged with the second-degree murder of Tyre Nichols.

Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith were all charged with two counts of official misconduct, one count of official oppression, one count of second-degree murder, one count of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated kidnapping.

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All of those officers, according to officials, were involved in a confrontation with Nichols on January 7. Video released by the City of Memphis shows several officers holding Nichols while one officer kicks him in the face multiple times. Another officer then pulls out a baton and repeatedly whips Nichols in the back. Then, as several officers hold Nichols up with his hands behind his back, an officer punches him in the face several times until Nichols slumps over.

Nichols died three days later on January 10.

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Here’s a look at the history of those five former Memphis Police officers.


Demetrius Haley started with the Memphis Police Department in August of 2020. Just six months into his employment, he failed to complete a “Response to Resistance” form after he and another officer handcuffed a woman and dislocated her shoulder.

That case was dismissed after Haley’s lieutenant said, “Officer Haley is a hard-working officer (and) routinely makes good decisions.”


Desmond Mills Jr. joined the Memphis Police Department in March of 2017 and was the longest-serving officer of the five who were originally fired in the wake of Nichols’ death.

In March of 2019, he was one of five officers involved in a drunk driving arrest after a woman hit a curb. His record shows that the woman resisted and the officers fought with her, hitting her with a baton.

The record said that Mills Jr. did not fill out a required “Response to Resistance” form. In that same case, Mills Jr. dropped a small police computer and it was hit by a car.


Emmit Martin was hired by the Memphis Police Department in March of 2018.

Martin was suspended for three days the following year after he neglected to inspect the back of his squad car after suspects were put in the backseat. Three days later, a revolver was found in the back seat of that patrol car.

In 2020, Martin was again suspended, this time for a single day. That suspension was the result of him neglecting to report a domestic violence case.


Justin Smith also became a member of the Memphis Police Department in 2018. His record was clean until 2021 when he caused an accident.

That crash left the side of his squad car damaged. Smith said he was trying to pass another driver and crashed into the back of it instead, causing the car to spin into oncoming traffic.

He was suspended for two days and ordered to take remedial driver training.


Tadarrius Bean was a member of the Memphis Police Department from 2022 until his termination in 2023.

Bean’s had nothing on his personnel file.

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Two more Memphis Police officers were relieved of duty after Nichols’ death but had not been terminated at the time of this article. FOX13 is working to learn more about the background of those officers.