On Friday, Memphis authorities released a video of a violent beating of Tyre Nichols by police officers. The footage, which is over an hour long, shows the officers holding down and repeatedly striking the 29-year-old Black motorist as he screams for his mother before dying.
Police Release Video of Tyre Nichols Beating
This video was released one day after the officers involved were charged with murder in Nichols’ death.
The legal team for the Nichols family has compared this assault to the well-known 1991 police beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles.
The footage also includes an officer saying he will use a baton on Nichols, and shows one officer raising his baton while other officers hold Nichols down. After the beating, officers are seen standing around for several minutes as Nichols lies propped against a car, then slumped onto the street.
(Full video HERE.)
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
As The Shade Room previously reported, the footage has been shown to Nichols’ family. Memphis Police Director Cerelyn “CJ” Davis has asked residents to “protest peacefully” once the footage goes public.
This is not just a professional failing. This is a failing of basic humanity toward another individual.
5 Former Memphis Police Officers Charged In Death Of Tyre Nichols
Five former Memphis police officers have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols. According to CBS News, the announcement was made by Tennessee authorities on Thursday.
All five are out of jail after posting bond as of Friday morning, per NBC reports. Bean, Mills and Smith posted $250,000 bond; Haley and Martin posted $350,000 bond.
5 officers charged with murder in Tyre Nichols' death:
Emmitt Martin III
Desmond Mills Jr.
2 of the officers, Mills and Smith, posted $250,000 bond & were released: @nbcnewshttps://t.co/4fQX13zp42 pic.twitter.com/kj1IWnFnnX
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) January 27, 2023