I have to confess, before today I had never heard about Tyre Nichols.
Didn’t know what happened to him.
I still don’t know much about the details of this story, but I do know it looks absolutely horrific.
Extreme warning: many people are rightly saying do not watch this video if you don’t have to.
So I will give the same warning, but I have to publish it.
Here is one man giving that warning and showing a video of Tyre alive and happy, so we will start here:
Don’t watch the Tyre Nichols video if you don’t have to. It’s horrific, heartbreaking, & the entire Memphis PD should be ashamed of themselves.
Instead watch this & celebrate his talent & passion, which were taken from the world far too soon.pic.twitter.com/XU3YBzgBqL
— Dustin Brewer (@dstnbrwr) January 28, 2023
Next we show the video.
Warning: extremely disturbing:
BREAKING: Tyre Nichols video released in Memphis (AUDIO FIXED) pic.twitter.com/3xtYrLgUH2
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) January 28, 2023
News: the video of Tyre Nichols is brutal and painful to watch.
They have been playing it non stop and on loop for almost an hour. The media is complicit in fueling the fire and getting people outraged. Show the video and discuss it. Stop playing it on loop. It’s horrific.
— Kambree (@KamVTV) January 28, 2023
WARNING: This is the brutal bodycam footage of Tyre Nichols. It is VERY difficult to watch, especially the end when he calls out to his mother. pic.twitter.com/eTUh0GsEsG
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) January 28, 2023
From NBCNews, the mother seems to be an incredible woman:
Video released by authorities in Memphis Friday shows police officers beating Tyre Nichols after a traffic stop that ended with his hospitalization and death.
The four videos released by the Memphis Police Department include video from surveillance and body worn cameras.
The city’s top police official, Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis, has previously described the conduct captured in the disturbing and graphic video as “heinous, reckless and inhumane.”
The video is available here. Warning: It shows graphic violence that could be disturbing.
Nichols, 29, was hospitalized in critical condition and died three days after Memphis police officers stopped him Jan. 7. Details about what occurred between Nichols and the officers have been sparse; police initially said Nichols ran during the reckless driving stop and that a “confrontation” occurred in an effort to detain him.
However, Davis told MSNBC Friday that an investigation and review of available camera footage could not “substantiate” the reckless driving claim.
Family, lawyers describe video as ‘horrific’
Nichols’ family was offered a private viewing of the video Monday. His mother, RowVaughn Wells, made it only through the first minute, family attorneys Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci said.
While she hasn’t seen all the footage, Wells said “what I’ve heard is very horrific.”
“Any of you who have children, please don’t let them see it,” she added during a news conference Friday.
Meanwhile, the Memphis community is bracing for potential protests in response to the video release, with Memphis-Shelby County Schools canceling after-school activities Friday and Southwest Tennessee Community College moving to virtual classes Friday.
Wells called for people to protest peacefully during a candlelight vigil in Memphis’ Tobey Park on Thursday night.
“I don’t want us burning up our cities, tearing up the streets, because that’s not what my son stood for,” she said.
Romanucci described the video Monday as an “unadulterated, unabashed, nonstop beating” for three minutes. Crump has said it reminded him of “the Rodney King video,” referring to the 1991 bystander video of Los Angeles police officers beating a Black man.
Nichols’ mother spoke on her heartbreak in an interview aired Friday morning on CNN, saying by the time she got to the hospital and saw Nichols following the arrest, “He was already gone.”
So, do we have another George Floyd situation brewing?
Here’s the interesting detail most MSM outlets are not covering….
All FIVE of the officers involved are black:
Reminder to the media: Here are the officers charged with second-degree murder, assault, kidnapping, official misconduct and official oppression in the death of Tyre Nichols. pic.twitter.com/69WxjtNgpG
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) January 27, 2023
BREAKING: Authorities Release Bodycam Footage of Black Memphis Police Officers Beating Tyre Nichols During Traffic Stop https://t.co/fmKtgM6oHv
— The Gateway Pundit (@gatewaypundit) January 28, 2023
Most police are great people, but the bad ones seem to be multiplying?
What’s the real problem here?
Meanwhile, protesters are taking to the streets in Memphis…
Here’s what we know so far:
Protesters in Memphis await the police bodycam footage release of the death of Tyre Nichols , protesters are now heading towards the freeway and stopping traffic @DailyCaller pic.twitter.com/l6BdeVkOCn
— Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) January 28, 2023
Will this get violent?
Protesters in Memphis now heading up to the upper level of the highway. #TyreNichols pic.twitter.com/lNYeT8eKNx
— Kirstin Garriss (@ReporterGarriss) January 28, 2023
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