In the aftermath of the beating, the released video showed Nichols lying on the ground, handcuffed, as responders and officers from the Memphis police department milled around and chatted with each other, while the car squad slumped against the unattended vehicle.
Three days later, 29-year-old Nichols died at a hospital. Five officers, who have been charged with second-degree murder, have been linked to his death. They have not pleaded guilty. The case of Nichols has intensified calls for police reform in Memphis and the country.
Officials said that they violated state rules regarding treatment and emergency aid. Documents provided to the AP on Thursday stated that the licenses of Long and Sandridge will be suspended until February 3rd, as a result of the decision made by the Tennessee Division of Emergency Medical Services.
Officials from the board stated that both technicians failed to provide any basic emergency care for Nichols on multiple occasions, as evident from clear signs of distress such as the inability to lay prone on the ground and remain seated in a proper posture. These incidents are documented in the board’s records.
The records indicated that Long and Sandridge neglected to commence an initial assessment, which could aid in detecting any potentially life-threatening injuries. Nichols’ essential signs were not assessed, he did not receive a substantial supply of oxygen or an IV line, and he was not placed on a cardiac monitor.
The records uncovered that they also failed to perform a secondary evaluation, which is used to ascertain any non-fatal injuries.
Officials stated in the documents that the respondent did not involve his partner at the event venue in order to take the necessary steps to protect patient T.N. From the inadequate healthcare practices of other emergency medical services staff.
Sandridge did not immediately return the message that was left for him over the phone. There was no immediate response to the voicemail seeking a comment listed at the left number.
During the license suspension hearing last month, board member Sullivan Smith stated that Nichols was in a state of severe distress and required assistance. Smith further emphasized that this fact was evident to anyone, even to those without specialized knowledge.
“And they did not offer that assistance,” Smith stated. “They were his prime opportunity, and they failed to support.”
Nichols was transported to a medical facility after an ambulance departed from the site of the apprehension, 27 minutes subsequent to the arrival of the EMTs. During that period, authorities stated that Sandridge and Long had both been terminated on January 30th.