You’d think if I asked you to describe the ONE PROBLEM plaguing America or even plaguing the world you might come up with the following options:
The Federal Reserve.
Those are four good choices, right?
Ask a Democrat and you’ll get only one answer, every time: RACISM.
Stunningly, even in the case of Tyre Nichols, which by all accounts appears to be extremely tragic and avoidable.
Some are saying he was murdered by police.
By God, you’d like this must have been a white police officer, right?
Surely if “RACISM” killed him, it must have been white cops?
All FIVE cops involved were black.
That doesn’t seem to matter to CNN, which is probably why viewers are not tuning in anymore.
According to Google, CNN is averaging 568,000 viewers a night:
In fact, according to AdWeek, it’s even worse.
AdWeek claims CNN averaged LESS THAN 500,000 viewers in primetime:
And how much of those 500,000 are from the forced viewing in Airports?
I don’t know, but I think it’s substantial.
Here is commentator Van Jones writing on CNN:
Opinion: The police who killed Tyre Nichols were Black. But they might still have been driven by racism
Three decades ago, when four White Los Angeles police officers were videotaped beating Rodney King, the public outcry was heard around the world. In fact, I got arrested for the first time in my life during protests that followed. And I subsequently dedicated my career as a lawyer to helping to sue rogue cops, close prisons and reform the criminal justice system. It was a defining moment for the nation and the world.
What happened to King was horrifying — but at least he survived the ordeal. Tyre Nichols, tragically, did not survive his: The 29-year-old Black man died earlier this month after a police traffic stop and violent arrest in Memphis, Tennessee. According to preliminary results of an autopsy commissioned by attorneys for Nichols’ family, he suffered “extensive bleeding caused by a severe beating.” On Friday, Nichols’ mother RowVaughn Wells told CNN, “It’s still like a nightmare.”
Since the news of Nichols’ death was made known, the world has been holding its collective breath in anticipation of the release of video that captured the violent assault, and the possibility of a new outpouring of protests spilling into the streets across the country. That video is expected to be released Friday evening.
Five former Memphis police officers, fired for their alleged actions during Nichols’ arrest, have now been indicted on charges including kidnapping and murder. On Friday, Memphis police chief Cerelyn “CJ” Davis told CNN, “I was in law enforcement during the Rodney King incident, and it’s very much aligned with that same type of behavior. I would say it’s about the same, if not worse.” On Thursday, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation director David Rausch described being “sickened by what I saw.”
By all accounts, Nichols was a good guy: a 145-pound skateboarder, an Instagram photographer, a Starbucks aficionado. Learning that your child’s life was senselessly stolen from him is every Black parent’s nightmare. But — surprisingly to many people — the five officers charged with viciously beating him were also Black.
How do we explain Nichols’ horrific killing, allegedly at the hands of police who looked like him?
From the King beating to the murder nearly three years ago of George Floyd, American society has often focused on the race of the officers — so often White — as a factor in their deplorable acts of violence.
But the narrative “White cop kills unarmed Black man” should never have been the sole lens through which we attempted to understand police abuse and misconduct. It’s time to move to a more nuanced discussion of the way police violence endangers Black lives.
Black people are not immune to anti-Black messages
One of the sad facts about anti-Black racism is that Black people ourselves are not immune to its pernicious effects. Society’s message that Black people are inferior, unworthy and dangerous is pervasive. Over many decades, numerous experiments have shown that these ideas can infiltrate Black minds as well as White. Self-hatred is a real thing.
That’s why a Black store owner might regard customers of his same race with suspicion, while treating his White patrons with deference. Black people can harbor anti-Black sentiments and can act on those feelings in harmful ways.
CNN obtains audio of traffic stop involving Tyre Nichols
Black cops are often socialized in police departments that view certain neighborhoods as war zones. In those departments, few officers get disciplined for dishing out “street justice” in certain precincts — often populated by Black, brown or low-income people — where there is a tacit understanding that the “rulebook” simply doesn’t apply.
Cops of all colors, including Black police officers, internalize those messages — and sometimes act on them. In fact, in Black neighborhoods, the phenomenon of brutal Black cops singling out young Black men for abuse is nothing new. Back in 1989, the rap group NWA highlighted the problem in a classic hip-hop anthem, in which Ice Cube rapped:
“But don’t let it be a Black and White (cop)/
Coz they’ll slam ya/
Down to the street top/
Black police showing out for the White cop.”
When it comes to police violence, race does matter — but possibly not the way you think.
And if you don’t know about this story or are confused, here is the history:
WARNING: Do NOT Watch The Tyre Nichols Video If You Don’t Have To
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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