Demetrius Haley and four other Memphis police officers fired last week for their role in the death of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols were charged with murder Thursday.
The officers, who are all Black, were fired on Jan. 20 after an administrative investigation found they had violated department policy on the use of force.
Currently, Desmond Mills Jr, Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III and Justin Smith have been charged of second-degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct, and official oppression.
Here is what we know about Desmond Mills, Memphis police officer.
Who is Demetrius Haley?
Demetrius Haley, 30, was one of 5 Memphis police officers involved the fatally beating Tyre Nichols following a traffic stop for purported reckless driving.
Demetrius Haley worked as a corrections officerCounty Corrections Department before joining the Memphis Police Department in August 2020.
Aside from Cordova, he has lived in other parts of Tennessee including Memphis.
|Killed Tyre Nichols.
|January 4, 1993.
|Memphis, Tennessee, United States.
In 2016, a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for Western Tennessee, Haley was accused of taking part in the beating of an inmate named Cordarlrius Sledge some eight years ago.
Sledge said Haley and another officer punched him in the face and a third slammed him face-first into a sink. “After that I blacked out,” Sledge said in the suit.
The suit was dismissed in 2018 after a judge ruled that Sledge had not properly served one of the defendants with a summons.
Sledge, who filed the suit without the help of a lawyer, said he was in federal custody at the time and unable to complete all the paperwork.
In August 2020, the Memphis Police Department hired him.
According to a report in August 2021, his annual salary as a probationary police officer was $45,623.50.