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Tyre Nichols' family to watch video Monday of his arrest by Memphis police just days before his death

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Tyre Nichols' family attorney says video shows police beating Nichols like a 'human pinata'

A Tyre Nichols's memorial was held on January 17 at MJ Edwards Funeral Home in Memphis, Tennessee. Nichols' death came days after two confrontations with Memphis police officers.

Tyre Nichols' family is expected Monday to view footage of his arrest earlier this month, giving them a first opportunity to see what happened before he was taken in critical condition to a hospital, where he died days later.

Benjamin Crump, the attorney representing Nichols' family, said in a statement the family would hold a news conference Monday afternoon after they meet with Memphis, Tennessee, officials and view the footage.

City officials previously said the video recorded by officers' body-worn cameras will be released publicly after the police department's internal investigation ends and after the family is given a chance to review the recordings.

The Memphis Police Department has terminated five police officers in connection with 29-year-old Nichols' death January 10, three days after the department says officers pulled over a motorist, identified as Nichols, for alleged reckless driving the previous day.

A confrontation followed, and "the suspect fled the scene on foot," police said in a statement on social media. Officers chased him and another confrontation took place before the suspect was taken into custody, the statement said.

"Afterward, the suspect complained of having a shortness of breath, at which time an ambulance was called to the scene. The suspect was transported to St. Francis Hospital in critical condition," officials said.

Nichols died a few days later, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating. The Department of Justice and the FBI have also opened a civil rights investigation.

Details about Nichols' injuries and the cause of his death have not been released. CNN has reached out to the Shelby County coroner for comment.

In a statement announcing the termination of the five officers, Police Chief Cerleyn "CJ" Davis said the "egregious nature of this incident is not a reflection of the good work our officers perform." An internal review found the officers violated department policies for use of force, duty to intervene and duty to render aid, the statement said.

The Memphis Police Association, the union representing the officers, declined to comment on the terminations beyond saying that the city of Memphis and Nichols' family "deserve to know the complete account of the events leading up to his death and what may have contributed to it."


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CNN's Steve Almasy and Raja Razek contributed to this report.

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