Who is Former Memphis Cop Emmitt Martin III?

EMMITT MARTIN III was arrested on January 26, 2023.

He is one of five police officers charged with the second-degree murder of Tire Nichols in Memphis, Tennessee.

Emmitt Martin III in a police mugshot released to Reuters on January 27, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee


Emmitt Martin III in a police mugshot released to Reuters on January 27, 2023 in Memphis, TennesseePhoto credit: Reuters

Who is Former Memphis Cop Emmitt Martin III?

Martin, who has now been fired, began working for the Memphis Police Department in March 2018. As Conan Daily notes, he was a member of the Scorpion unit.

According to NBC News, Scorpion is an anti-violence unit that stands for Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods.

The publication also reported that Martin was charged with misconduct, aggravated kidnapping, official suppression and aggravated assault in addition to second-degree murder.

Officers Demetrius Haley, Tadarrius Bean, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith were also fired and hit with the same charges.

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According to the Conan Daily, Martin was taken to the Shelby County Jail in Memphis after his arrest and was released after posting $350,000 bail.

Where did Emmitt Martin III go to school and what did his former classmates say about him?

According to NBC News, Martin, 30, attended Bethel University Christian private school in McKenzie, Tennessee. A former classmate called him “one of the coolest brothers ever”.

He played as a tight end on the school football team.

As reported by Conan Daily, he graduated from Bethel in 2015 and received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and corrections.

NBC News also reported that another former college classmate and current Missouri pastor, Joshua Harper, said he followed Martin on social media and often shared posts about his daughter.

After viewing the court documents, Harper reportedly said that this version of Martin “is not the person I know.”

He continued, “I was just shocked for a second because I understood that he was a cop and I know behind the badge that anything can happen when everyone has power and authority.”

What happened to Tire Nichols?

As reported by CBS News, the Memphis Police Department said in a statement that on Jan. 7, 2023, Nichols was pulled over for reckless driving.

The statement discussed how two “confrontations” took place between Nichols and the five officers involved. 29-year-old Nichols was arrested.

Rodney Wells, stepfather of Tire Nichols, speaks during a memorial service for Nichols on January 17, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee


Rodney Wells, stepfather of Tire Nichols, speaks during a memorial service for Nichols on January 17, 2023 in Memphis, TennesseeCredit: Mark Weber/Daily Memphian via AP

However, like CNN This Morning tweetedIn an interview with CNN on Jan. 27, Memphis Police Commissioner Cerelyn “CJ” Davis said the reckless driving report could not be proven.

Nichols was seriously injured after the incident and police said he was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

On January 10, three days after the arrest, Nichols died.

As reported by CBS News, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Nichols “succumbed to his injuries.” However, details of those injuries were not shared and an official cause of death has yet to be announced.

The outlet also reported that attorneys had Nichols’ family perform an “independent autopsy,” which found Nichols had “profuse bleeding from severe beatings.”

On January 27, footage was released of what happened between Nichols and the five officers. Nichols is beaten by the cops.

As reported by CBS News, Martin’s attorney, William Massey, told reporters:

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“Nobody out there intended Tire Nichols to die that night. No one. No one. Police officers have a difficult and dangerous job.

Conan Daily states that Martin and the four other officers are scheduled “for indictment” on February 17, 2023.

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