Demetrius Haley, formerly employed with Memphis Police Department as a team leader, was recently charged with second-degree murder after he is suspected of playing an instrumental role in the murder of Nichols. Memphis Police Chief Officers and other officials claimed Demetrius joined four others to attack Nichols before hospitalization and his eventual demise on January 10, 2023 after three days fighting for life.
On January 7, 2023, an incident took place which ignited protests against police violence. Row Vaughn Wells was among those protesting, who was also brutally beaten allegedly by Demetrius; prior to this case Demetrius had an established history of violent behavior including being caught battering an eight-year-old child in another case.
Demetrius may not yet be married, but his reputation has already taken a serious blow as a result of these allegations against him. After being declared guilty he was placed into Shelby County Jail before later being released after paying an amount equivalent to $ 3,50,000.00 in fines and court costs.
Investigation is Underway
Although Demetrius has been released, his investigation remains active. A video released January 27th 2023 shows Nichols driving at high speed before police attempted to stop him and an incident followed shortly afterwards. While this video may provide some context for what transpired, it cannot excuse their behavior or that of any officials involved; Nichols’ family still wishes for justice to be served and wants Demetrius brought before a court of law for what transpired.
Demetrius’ release sparked protests and widespread anger. Many don’t appreciate his freedom and want all suspects punished for their actions; the investigation is ongoing and more details may emerge as it continues.
This case emphasizes the significance of holding those in positions of power accountable for their actions, while serving as a reminder that justice often demands extraordinary courage and determination from ordinary people to stand up and demand what is just.
As our investigation proceeds, we will provide more updates regarding this case and its proceedings.