Another week, another dead Black man dead at the hands of the police.
His name was TYRE NICHOLS
And, he died at a traffic stop.
A traffic stop.
He was just trying to GET HOME😢😢
Just an absolute waste.
Pure police misconduct and brutality.
My heart goes out to Tyre Nichols’ family and to Americans in Memphis and across the country who are grieving this tremendously painful loss. There are no words to describe the heartbreak and grief of losing a beloved child and young father.⁰⁰Here's my full statement. pic.twitter.com/ghROhSGtao
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 28, 2023
Tyre Nichols should be alive today. Tyre’s family and the Memphis community deserve transparency and accountability. And all Americans deserve a justice system that lives up to its name.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) January 27, 2023
I will not watch the snuff film of his death.😠😠😠
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) January 29, 2023
— Valerie A. Fitzhugh, MD (@DrFNA) January 29, 2023
— Ruben Garcia (@goRubenRuben) January 29, 2023
Tyre Nichols giving a young girl a flower at a Sacramento skatepark 💛
His friend, Dezmond Sinclair, says this picture sums up Tyre. Always the 1st one to make you feel welcome, protected the kids, and was always hyping you up as you learned a new trick.
A beautiful soul 💜 pic.twitter.com/QqUfnFSsYP
— Mychal (@mychal3ts) January 29, 2023
TYRE’S DAD: “There was a white officer tasing my son — we don’t understand why his name wasn’t mentioned in this whole fiasco.” 🤔@MayorMemphis @MEM_PoliceDept @SteveMulroy901 @TBInvestigation @FBI pic.twitter.com/xc3sf2Q8ks
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) January 29, 2023
The vicious, unjustified beating of Tyre Nichols and his ultimate death at the hands of five Memphis police officers is just the latest, painful reminder of how far America still has to go in fixing how we police our streets. pic.twitter.com/ITmrNNJhiT
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 28, 2023
He cried out for his mother. When we see #TyreNichols, we see the faces of our sons, our brothers, our fathers, and all Black men who face this kind of white supremacist violence. The terror caused by the police must end. We must pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
— Yvette D. Clarke for Congress (@VoteYvette) January 29, 2023
Here’s the original statement Memphis PD released on the horrifying attack 5 of its officers carried out against Tyre Nichols. No mention of pepper-spray, kicks, punches, or torture. Just empty sentences & lies. Police lie all the time. The media must stop printing their reports. pic.twitter.com/d3yvyIYF7C
— Dyjuan Tatro (@DyjuanTatro) January 28, 2023
In one video, Tyre Nichols is shown on the ground with officers around him, and he can be heard repeatedly screaming: “Mom, Mom, Mom.” Lawyers have said that his mother’s home was about 100 yards away from where he was beaten. https://t.co/tMdwnrV2Nh
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 28, 2023
5 officers charged with murder in Tyre Nichols' death:
Emmitt Martin III
Desmond Mills Jr.
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) January 27, 2023
"If the (SCORPION) units are set up to deal with an especially egregious crime, then why are you dealing with an alleged traffic violation in the first place?" Rev. Al Sharpton called for an examination and breakdown of special police units following Tyre Nichols' death. pic.twitter.com/EAgSwKUy2H
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 29, 2023
People are praising Davis for immediately firing the cops and for soberly describing the horrors of the video ahead of time. (The criminal charges are a function of the DA's office.)
But she created the SCORPION unit as one of her first acts as chief when appointed in 2021.
— George Chidi (find me on Mastodon) (@neonflag) January 28, 2023
This is so eerily reminiscent of the Minneapolis Police initial lie about George Floyd. The coordinated and common practice of this violent beast of a system is hard for people to wrap their heads around, so hard they refuse to come to terms with this this clear indictment. pic.twitter.com/xO57zpxCn4
— D.A. Bullock (@BullyCreative) January 28, 2023
The five police officers who murdered Tyre Nicholas are also representative of an unspoken tradition among some cis hetero black men:
the idea that “black power” simply means the power to behave like powerful white men.
read that again. and let it factor into your analysis.
— Dr. Frank Leon Roberts (@DrFrankRoberts) January 28, 2023
There’s a lot of talk surrounding police brutality, however, this country has invested billions into training. Any other industry would have defunded the institution for its poor performance. Not policing. They’ve had 300 years since the first slave patrol & still get it wrong. pic.twitter.com/OtvUaJB8Y3
— Lady Whistledown in the Hood (@colorfullstory) January 29, 2023
Statement by Memphis PD: pic.twitter.com/VE6qaBIu8s
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) January 28, 2023
Research shows that Black folks suffer PTSD from watching videos of Blacks being killed by police.
It’s a phenomenon called “linked fate”, where we see ourselves and loved ones in the place of the victim.
Be careful watching the Tyre Nichols murder video. Protect your mind.
— Jason Nichols (@drjasonnichols) January 26, 2023
I understand the inclination to attack the personhood of law enforcement but righteous grievance alone can’t solve a failure in public policy.
We need 3 things.
2. Public Safety
3. Reform of standards & practices
Read the Justice in Policing Act.
— Terry Lee 王瑞民💜💙 (@TerryWatkinsJr1) January 29, 2023
“Love you son, you take care of yourself,” he said. “Love you too,” I told him. My daddy isn’t a very emotional person. Tonight, he was very emotional. Vicarious suffering is a real thing. So is the love that refuses to allow this world to rob us of it.
— Danté Stewart (Stew) (@stewartdantec) January 28, 2023
“Many black men with hostility toward the white male power structure are often eager to gain access to that power. Their expressions of rage are less a critique of the white patriarchal social order and more a reaction to not being allowed full participation in the power game.” pic.twitter.com/DVIVcg0XFG
— Dr. Frank Leon Roberts (@DrFrankRoberts) January 29, 2023
— G O L D I E. (@goldietaylor) January 28, 2023
Usually, when I raise hell about police officer conduct, I get swarmed by the Back, the blue crowd with their pushback. I think I saw one or two comments, tops, in the last couple of days… Don't be obvious with it, guys; it's not the blue; you back, it's the “White,” isn't it? pic.twitter.com/gzkr029bdK
— Kenny Akers (@KeneAkers) January 29, 2023
I have seen a picture of #TyreNichols holding up his infant Son this way. It nearly broke me. Such is the power of imagery.
Take care of yourselves today, Y’all. For my own part I will seek out the power of Nature to soothe the spirit and heal and heal body and Soul.
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) January 28, 2023
— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) January 29, 2023
Where is the lie? pic.twitter.com/t5H5mHnrxF
— Bl💞ck B@rbies (@Its_The_Barbies) January 29, 2023
Let’s remind you that there was a move on Police Reform with two Black Senators, one R and one Dem.
When the discussion turned to ending qualified immunity for cops, the Black Republican ended the discussion and thus no real Police Reform is coming from the US Senate. pic.twitter.com/NqUD3jto8g
— Kevin D. Grüssing (Pronounced Grew-sing) (@KevDGrussing) January 28, 2023