Lee Gerald, an attorney representing Hemphill, said by telephone, “While we disagree with this termination, Preston Hemphill will continue to cooperate with all authorities investigating Nichols’ death.”
Gerald declined to comment on whether his client would also face criminal charges, but said of his cooperation with the investigation: “It speaks for itself.”
Hemphill, who is white, and a seventh officer were earlier relieved of duty. Three members of the fire department have also been fired for failing to provide proper emergency medical treatment after Nichols was handcuffed.
Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy said other police officers, fire department personnel and others who documented the incident could also face criminal charges as more information becomes available.