The Justice Department has announced that one of the five US police officers charged in the beating death of a young African-American man in the southern city of Memphis pleaded guilty on Thursday.
The Shelby County District Attorney’s office said in a statement that the plea was “part of a global settlement of all pending state and federal charges and comes after Mills pled guilty this morning to these federal charges.”
Recall that Bodycam footage of the January incident showed the officers, who are all Black, repeatedly kicking and punching Tyre Nichols during a traffic stop close to his home in Memphis, while Nichols died in hospital three days later.
Already facing felony charges from the state of Tennessee, the five police officers were indicted in September by a federal grand jury in Memphis.
According to a statement from the Justice Department, Mills pleaded guilty on Thursday to two of four counts in the indictment, excessive force and failing to intervene as well as an attempted coverup.