Open Thread | RIP, Tyre Nichols

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.

I will not watch the snuff film of his death.😠😠😠

😠😠😠😠😠

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25 Responses to Open Thread | RIP, Tyre Nichols

  1. rikyrah says:

    Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) tweeted at 6:08 PM on Mon, Jan 30, 2023:
    3 Memphis paramedics FIRED for their response to the fatal police beating of Tyre Nichols.

    Three fire personnel who responded to the scene “failed to conduct an adequate patient assessment,” the Memphis Fire Department said Monday: @DohaMadani, @NBCNews
    https://t.co/BVTO9tFI2g
    (https://twitter.com/shomaristone/status/1620212342897401857?s=02)

  2. rikyrah says:

    Dyjuan Tatro (@DyjuanTatro) tweeted at 7:30 PM on Fri, Jan 27, 2023:
    To be clear, the Memphis PD is just as responsible for the murder of Tyre Nichols as those 5 officers. 5 cops didn’t randomly decide to murder him. They committed a murder they assumed would be sanctioned by the department. The surveillance video screwed them. Not their actions.
    (https://twitter.com/DyjuanTatro/status/1619145768899866624?s=02)

  3. rikyrah says:

    Terry Lee 王瑞民💜💙 (@TerryWatkinsJr1) tweeted at 9:54 PM on Fri, Jan 27, 2023:
    Another sentiment, if the Police chief wasn’t a Black Woman I doubt it would’ve been dealt with so quickly.
    (https://twitter.com/TerryWatkinsJr1/status/1619182185780772865?s=02)

  4. rikyrah says:

    Don Lemon (@donlemon) tweeted at 6:19 PM on Fri, Jan 27, 2023:
    “They beat my son like a piñata. My son, he had Crohn’s disease, he had surgery in 2013. My son weighed a buck 50.”

    Tyre Nichols’ parents speak, ahead of the release of the police beating video of their son tonight to the public. @CNN @CNNThisMorning https://t.co/OmIvspGwO1
    (https://twitter.com/donlemon/status/1619128117557334016?s=02)

  5. rikyrah says:

    Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) tweeted at 6:32 PM on Fri, Jan 27, 2023:
    A younger Baltimore cop texts me after watching Memphis video: “This barely reaches the level of active resistance on our use of force continuum… These guys look like they’ve never made an arrest in their lives”
    (https://twitter.com/justin_fenton/status/1619131158893297664?s=02)

  6. rikyrah says:

    Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) tweeted at 3:01 PM on Thu, Jan 26, 2023:
    My interaction with Black cops have always been as potentially fraught as my interaction with white ones. At no point does “help a brother out” work. Because if they were really trying to “help” me, they wouldn’t have stopped me in the first place.
    (https://twitter.com/ElieNYC/status/1618715798046150656?s=02)

  7. rikyrah says:

    Dakarai Turner  (@Dakarai_Turner) tweeted at 4:43 PM on Fri, Jan 27, 2023:
    Traffic stops in Memphis, from 2017 to 2021…

    Black drivers were twice as likely to get cited for multiple infractions in one ticket.

    Of nearly 500 criminal cases resulting from traffic stops, about 90% were people of color.

    Via ⁦@phillej_⁩ https://t.co/eUMumx9OD2
    (https://twitter.com/Dakarai_Turner/status/1619103936488538113?s=02)

  8. rikyrah says:

    Air Harp (owner of NattyGirl apparel) (@AirHarp) tweeted at 11:12 AM on Sun, Jan 29, 2023:
    ⚪️folk think ⚫️cops treat us like ⚪️cops treat them.
    (https://twitter.com/AirHarp/status/1619745396326268928?s=02)

  9. Eliihass says:

    From September 2020:

    …Craig Robinson, recalled for the former first lady and their mom, Marian Robinson, the “heartbreaking” time police officers accused him of stealing his own bike when he was about 10 years old.

    “It was terrifying only because I was always taught that the police are your friends and they’ll believe the truth,” Craig, now 58, said on..

    “I was telling them the truth and this guy would not believe me,” said Craig..

    “This guy grabbed my bike and he wouldn’t let it go,” Craig said, recalling that the officers were asking him questions to purposefully trip him up. “I was like, ‘Oh you got this all wrong, this is my bike, don’t worry, this isn’t a stolen bike,’ and he would not believe me.”

    “I was absolutely heartbroken,” he continued, “And I finally said to him, ‘Listen, you can take me to my house and I will prove to you this is my bike.“

    So the two officers brought Craig back to the Robinsons’ house, where Marian was waiting for them at the front gate.

    “You know how mom is,” Craig told his sister. “Mom was like, ‘Go in the house.’ You know how when she’s ready to talk to somebody, she’s like, ‘All right go in the house.’ And all I could think of was: This dude’s about to get it.”

    Marian, 83, said she confronted the police officers, who were both Black, about why they continued to press Craig about the bike after one of the officers admitted they knew the boy was telling the truth.

    “What you did was cancel out a whole lot of things that we had been teaching them,” Marian remembered telling them. “And I think you need to come back here and talk to them and at least admit you made a serious mistake, so that you won’t cancel out everything we’ve been trying to teach our children.”

    During the podcast conversation, Craig remembered the incident as both “terrifying” and “heartbreaking,” as Obama added that those harrowing experiences are “such a way of life” for Black youth in the U.S.

    “Nobody thinks about the fact that we all come from good families that are trying to teach values,” the former first lady said. “But when you leave the safety of your home and go out into the street, where being Black is a crime in and of itself, we have all had to learn how to operate outside of our homes with a level of caution and fear, because you never know.”

    https://people.com/politics/michelle-obamas-brother-craig-recalls-terrifying-time-police-accused-him-of-stealing-his-own-bike/

  10. Liza says:

    About Chief Davis.

    Bree Newsome Bass
    @BreeNewsome
    ·
    Jan 29
    Memphis Police Chief Davis was the one who formed the Scorpion unit in 2021 after overseeing a similar unit in Atlanta that was also disbanded over similar conduct. She defended the Scorpion unit even after the killing of Tyre Nichols.
    Bree Newsome Bass
    @BreeNewsome
    ·
    Jan 29
    The pro-policing establishment very clearly had a plan to put Chief Davis out front as a Black woman, as a representative of progress & reform simply because she’s a Black woman police chief. She is directly implicated in the violence & the initial attempt to cover it up
    Bree Newsome Bass
    @BreeNewsome
    ·
    Jan 29
    The very fact that the establishment regards police brutality as a public relations challenge, with no sincere concern for the violence committed by police until/unless it makes national headlines, tells you all you need to know.
    Bree Newsome Bass
    @BreeNewsome
    ·
    Jan 29
    I watched Chief Davis’ interview with Don Lemon where she expressed her horror at the footage of Tyre Nichols being beaten. I knew nothing about her history or the Scorpion unit at the time. Now that I do, it sends chills down my spine. All these people are violent.

    • Liza says:

      This looks bad.

      But using common sense, why did those cops beat a young man to death with such impunity, absolutely certain there would be no consequences? Who do they think they are, or were?

      The answer is within that PD and it’s going to point straight back to that Police Chief.

      She needs to think about what she’s going to do after she gets fired.

      • Liza says:

        I’ve been reading some articles about this today. According to the attorneys for the five former officers charged with 2nd degree murder, these cops “never intended” for Tyre to die.

        I guess that’s their defense.

        It does make you wonder how much of a beating they thought they could give him and he would still be alive. Were they just trying to maim him, have him go through life in a wheel chair or blind or what was this beating about?

        Well, this is the tip of the ‘berg, folks. My gut feeling is that when the Memphis PD is investigated, and it will be, things will get very ugly and the situation there will be more horrific than we imagine.

        I hope the five ex-cops charged are scared sh!tless.

      • Liza says:

        OMG. Well, here’s another possibility.

        Kenny Akers
        @KeneAkers
        ::UPDATE:: Tyre Nichols worked at FEDEX; allegedly having sexual affairs with officer Demetrius Halys’s ex, and his baby’s mother who also works at the same FEDEX. Get this; officer Haly was seen several times taking photos of Tyre after he was brutalized and sent them to her!
        10:10 AM · Jan 30, 2023
        from West Jordan, UT·

        • rikyrah says:

          I don’t even know if this matters…maybe cause we push it up to MURDER ONE from MURDER TWO…but, just for Haly. The rest would be Murder Two.

          • Liza says:

            Yeah I was thinking about that too. If it’s a revenge killing, the core issue is the same. Why did they believe they could do it and there would be no consequences?

            But, here’s what is so disturbing. The only other possibility is a thrill kill. Like a gang of teenage thugs beating down a dog to watch it suffer.

            What else is there?

  11. Liza says:

    This right here:

    “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.”

    I’m an old white lady. My grandnephew, 25 yrs old, is biracial. His physical appearance is unmistakably biracial (blk/wht). His son is less than three months old. And coincidentally, he works for FedEx.

    When I look at pictures of Tyre Nichols, I see family, I see a blood relative.

    I don’t know the way forward, this has been going on for so long.

    I can’t stop thinking of Tyre’s mother.

    Excellent post, Rikyrah. I think you covered everything.

  12. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    Touré (@Toure) tweeted at 9:53 AM on Fri, Jan 27, 2023:
    The silence of the Blue Lives Matter folks on the Tyre Nichols murder is deafening.
    (https://twitter.com/Toure/status/1619000614238752771?t=bjFij871ayyCjGvc06XcIw&s=03)

  13. rikyrah says:

    RIP Bobby Hull.
    Even when I didn’t know anything about hockey, I had heard of Bobby Hull.

  14. rikyrah says:

    HelpMeJaRule (@HelpmeJahRule) tweeted at 5:01 PM on Sat, Jan 28, 2023:
    Never forget that one point of friction between the Sussexes and William and Kate is that William and Kate wanted the funds from this cook book to go directly to them instead of the Grenfell community Kitchen. These are the royals that some Brits strenuously defend.
    (https://twitter.com/HelpmeJahRule/status/1619470793775411200?s=02)

  15. rikyrah says:

    I have no skin in the game (the Superbowl), but, I just respect Philly. From one working class town to another. There’s a grit and an attitude from Philly that has always had my grudging respect.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Kenny Akers (@KeneAkers) tweeted at 2:15 PM on Sun, Jan 29, 2023:
    Black folks; I think it’s time we talk, these five Black officers have encouraged a critical topic in our community. We need to address the self-hate perpetuated by the people that look like us, but don’t act like us! At this point, they are doing the work for White supremacists.
    (https://twitter.com/KeneAkers/status/1619791285451390976?t=D06n2x624sh16_xqiEtSzQ&s=03)

  17. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone😢😢😢

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