Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Revokes Membership Of Memphis Officers Involved In Tyre Nichols’ Death

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. has revoked the membership of the former Memphis police officers involved in the death of Tyre Nichols.

The organization stated they will also be barred from any privileges awarded to active members.

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The Jan. 31 release explained that video footage of the incident, in which the former officers brutally beat Nichols, showed they “transgressed our Fraternal and established Code of Conduct.”

The statement also highlighted the fraternity in the Memphis community and beyond, reminding the public that its active members are committed to its ethos.

The organization released a previous statement addressing Nichols’ death following news that one of the officers, 24-year-old Tadarrius Bean, was the Omega Psi Phi Eta Zeta chapter president at the University of Mississippi. Two others involved in the incident also belonged to the historically Black fraternity. 

Omega Psi Phi’s initial statement rubbed the public the wrong way, Sportskeeda reports, with many feeling it was surface-level and didn’t include action against the officers.

“So, 22 days after #TyreNichols was beaten to death by members of their org — while wearing their symbols at the time — @OfficialOPPF #OmegaPsiPhi issued a belated, weak statement that makes no mention of any action it will take against their membership status,” Twitter user Mario Boone wrote.

“I know there’s only so much that can be done, besides taking their letters. BUT I NEEDED MORE FROM OMEGA PSI PHI FRATERNITY, INC. no the organization as a whole won’t be on trial, but I didn’t feel moved by this either,” @JordynTerika commented.

Now that Omega Psi Phi has taken definitive action against the former officers, social media users say such action should be the standard and immediate response.

One tweeted, “THIS is the kind of disownership/disavowal I want to see EVERY TIME. I’m trying to remember that the response IS closer to the standard we need. Even if we are stuck in a spot where we Black folks are policing ourselves…AGAIN.”

Another added, “To some outside of the Divine 9, this may seem trivial and think this the least of their worries, but for Omega and the rest of D9, it matters and is the absolute right thing to do.”

Their revoked fraternity membership is the latest punitive measure against the former officers.

As Blavity mentioned, Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith were fired 10 days after Nichols died and are facing the following charges: two counts of official misconduct, one count of official oppression, one count of second-degree murder, one count of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated kidnapping.