Here’s what we know about Tyre Nichols and the Memphis police video

The parents of Tyre Nichols, RowVaughn Wells, and his stepfather, Rodney Wells, spoke in Memphis on Jan. 27 ahead of police body-cam footage being released. (Video: AP)

Officials are set to release video of the traffic stop and police interaction with Tyre Nichols on Friday evening. The 29-year-old Black motorist was brutally beaten and died after being pulled over by police during a traffic stop earlier this month.

Five former Memphis police officers have been charged with second-degree murder and other charges including aggravated assault and aggravated kidnapping.

Protests are expected after the video footage is publicly released, and local officials have expressed fears they could turn into wider unrest.

The death of Tyre Nichols

The latest: The Justice Department is launching a review of the Memphis Police Department’s use of force policies and practices. Each of the five former Memphis police officers pleaded not guilty in Tyre Nichols’ death. One of the officers texted a photo of bloodied Tyre to colleagues, according to records.

What has Memphis police footage revealed?: The race of the five officers charged in the Nichols killing has sparked a complex dialogue on institutional racism in policing. Some of the most haunting videos came from SkyCop cameras.

Who was Tyre Nichols?: The 29-year-old father was pepper-sprayed, punched and kicked by Memphis cops after a January traffic stop. He was pronounced dead at a hospital three days after his arrest. At Tyre Nichols’ funeral service, his family said they are focused on getting justice.

What is the Scorpion unit?: After the fallout from the brutal beating, Memphis police shut down the Scorpion unit.