In this photo provided by WREG, Tyre Nichols' stepfather Rodney Wells, right, holds a photo of Nichols in the hospital after his arrest, during a protest in Memphis, Tenn., Sat., Jan. 14, 2023. Credit: Jordan James/WREG via AP.
In this photo provided by WREG, Tyre Nichols' stepfather Rodney Wells, right, holds a photo of Nichols in the hospital after his arrest, during a protest in Memphis, Tenn., Sat., Jan. 14, 2023. Credit: Jordan James/WREG via AP.

The family of Tyre Nichols is continuing their quest for answers after the death of Nichols following a confrontation with police officers during a traffic stop.

A service for Nichols, 29, was recently held in Memphis. Before that, residents had gathered for protests at the National Civil Rights Museum and in front of a police station.

“I am a man! Tyre was a man!” people chanted outside the museum amid a large line to get into the facility on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Family members called for the release of body camera recordings and for the officers to be fired and charged.

“It’s just a nightmare,” said Nichols’ sister Keyana Dixson. “I just want justice for my brother. Please.”

The death has also gained the attention of civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who said in a statement that he is representing Nichols’ family.

Relatives have accused police of beating him and causing him to have a heart attack. Authorities said Nichols, who was Black, experienced a medical emergency.

Nichols was arrested Jan. 7 after officers stopped him for reckless driving, police said. There was a confrontation as officers approached the driver, and he ran before he was confronted again by the pursuing officers, who arrested him, authorities said. He complained of shortness of breath and was hospitalized. Officials said a cause of death has not yet been determined.

Memphis Police Chief C.J. Davis said that the department was serving notice to the officers involved concerning policy violations.

“After reviewing various sources of information involving this incident, I have found that it is necessary to take immediate and appropriation action,” Davis said in a statement.

The statement did not indicate how many officers were involved but the bureau is conducting a use-of-force investigation.

Relatives told news outlets that the officers who pulled over Nichols were in an unmarked vehicle and that he experienced cardiac arrest and kidney failure because of a beating by officers. Memphis police referred questions to the state bureau, which said it was still investigating.