Explainer-Tyre Nichols case: What is Memphis’ controversial SCORPION police unit?

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(Reuters) – At least some of the officers involved in the traffic stop that authorities say resulted in the beating and death of Tyre Nichols were part of a specialized Memphis policing unit called SCORPION. Under pressure over rising violent crime, Memphis in October 2021 created SCORPION, which stands for Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace in our Neighborhoods. Its mandate is to stem homicides, assaults and robberies. How is SCORPION connected to the Nichols case? Because at least some of the officers belonged to SCORPION, questions have arisen over whether they were acting as part of …

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