Tyre Nichols' mother spoke to CNN about seeing her son in the hospital after his traffic stop.
"Around 4:00 in the morning, the doctors called from St. Francis and said, 'Mrs. Wells, do you know your son's in the hospital?' And I said, 'yes, I was advised by the police officers.' He said, 'why aren't you here?' And I said, 'the police officers said that I couldn't come, because he was under arrest.' The doctor proceeded to tell me that my son had went into cardiac arrest and that his kidneys were failing," RowVaughn Wells told CNN about why she was delayed in getting to her son.
She said her son was "already gone" by the time she and her husband got to the hospital.
"They had beat him to a pulp. He had bruises all over him. His head was swollen like a watermelon. His neck was busting because of the swelling — they broke his neck. My son's nose looked like an 'S.' They actually just beat the crap out of him," she said in an emotional interview with CNN.
"Even if he did live, he would have been a vegetable," she added.
By the time she got to the hospital, she said the police officers has been "whisked away" and heard that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation " had taken over the investigation."