Five former Memphis police officers pleaded not guilty Friday to 2d-diploma homicide and other costs inside the violent arrest and death of Tyre Nichols, along with his mom pronouncing in a while that none of them could look her in the eye in courtroom.

Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills Jr., Emmitt Martin III and Justin Smith made their first court docket appearances with their lawyers before a decide in Shelby County Criminal Court. The officers were fired after an inner police investigation into the Jan. 7 arrest of Nichols, who died in a medical institution 3 days later. His beating turned into stuck on video.

At a news conference after the listening to, Nichols’ mom, RowVaughn Wells, said the officers didn’t have the braveness to look her in the eye, but “they’re going to peer me at each court date — every one — until we get justice for my son.”

“I feel very numb proper now,” Wells said. “And I’m looking forward to this nightmare essentially that I’m going through right now, I’m watching for any individual to wake me up. I recognize that’s not going to appear.”The officials pleaded no longer guilty to 2nd-diploma murder, annoyed assault, annoyed kidnapping, legitimate misconduct and official oppression. They are all out on bond. Their next listening to is scheduled for May 1.

The Nichols case is the present day to set off national protests and renew an excessive public dialogue approximately police brutality. Nichols, 29, turned into Black. All 5 officials charged in his dying are also Black.

Addressing the court, Judge James Jones Jr. Requested for endurance and civility, stressing that “this case can take the time.”

“Everyone concerned wants this situation to be concluded as quickly as viable,” Jones said. “But it’s critical for you all to understand that the nation of Tennessee, as well as each the sort of defendants, have an absolute right to a honest trial.”

Bean’s legal professional, John Keith Perry, spoke with reporters afterward, saying Bean changed into doing his activity and asserting more than one times that the officer “in no way struck” Nichols.

“Tadarrius Bean never touched him (Nichols) in any manner, hanging him. Period,” Perry said. That declare is contradicted with the aid of video photos and Bean’s personal phrases.

Bean admitted to police investigators he punched Nichols or three instances in the face because officials weren’t capable of handcuff Nichols. The admission changed into referred to in a filing through the Memphis Police Department searching for to limit Bean from operating in law enforcement once more. The filing notes Bean’s movements have been captured on video.

Bean admitted to throwing the punches for the duration of a type of inner research that, for felony motives, will probably in no way be seen via a jury.

Bean additionally held Nichols by one in all his fingers whilst Nichols became pepper-sprayed, kicked, punched and overwhelmed with a baton.