Tyre Nichols‘ murder by police officers in the United States has prompted anger, with everyone who has a platform criticising the beating and murder after video of the incident was published.
The bodycam film was made public on Friday, January 27, 2022.
Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old FedEx carrier, is shown constantly yelling “Mum, Mum” as he is viciously attacked by five police officers on January 7, 2023.
According to early autopsy results, he died three days later on January 10 from “extensive bleeding induced by a severe beating,” after suffering a cardiac arrest and kidney failure.
Memphis officials published four recordings of his tragic arrest, causing considerable indignation in the United States, with the officers openly gloating about the horrible attack.
“I was striking him with straight haymakers, dog,” one officer boasts, while another declares, “I’m going to baton the f*** out of him.”
In another video, a police officer repeatedly punches a defenceless Nichols in the head and torso while two colleagues hold him erect, with uppercuts throwing back his head.
Another disturbing video shows one officer kicking Nichols in the head while he is being held down by two others.
In other horrific scenes, Nichols cries out for his mother and pleads at various points, “I didn’t do anything,” “I’m just trying to get home,” and “Stop, I’m not doing anything.”
However, the unrelenting thrashing, which includes pepper spraying and tasering, continues.
On January 7, Nichols was pulled up for a traffic check in Memphis, Tennessee, for what was claimed to be reckless driving.
Then there were two fights with the officers.
According to District Attorney Steve Mulroy, pepper spray was used in the first altercation, and Nichols died in the second.
He was eventually transported by ambulance, but he died three days later.
Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “CJ” Davis stated that the beating could be worse than what four white Los Angeles Police Department officers inflicted on Rodney King in 1991.
On CNN, Davis stated: “I was in law enforcement during the Rodney King incident, and it’s extremely similar to that type of behaviour. I’d say it’s roughly the same, if not worse.”
Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmit Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith, the five cops engaged in the attack, have been charged with second-degree murder.
In addition, they were charged with aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct, official oppression, and aggravated violence.
Mulroy claimed of the five indicted cops, “While each of the five persons played a distinct role in the situation in issue, the conduct of all of them ended in Tyre Nichols’ death, and they are all accountable.”
Last Friday, all of the cops were sacked from their positions.
“Like so many others, I was shocked and terribly pained to see the awful footage of the beating that ended in Tyre Nichols’ death,” US President Joe Biden stated after watching the video.
He also stated that the Nichols family is entitled to a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation.
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