On Tuesday, the Memphis Police Department released a video showing the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols, a 25-year-old Black man, by five of its officers in June.
The video, taken from police body cameras, shows a struggle between the officers and Nichols. After the initial physical altercation, the officers are seen using batons and kicking Nichols multiple times. Nichols was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
In response to the video, five former Memphis police officers were charged with murder and other crimes.
The video has sparked outrage among the public and spurred calls for peaceful protests. Tyre Nichols’ mother, Latonya Moore, has asked for justice for her son and for the community to come together in a peaceful manner.
“I don’t want us burning up our city,” Moore said in an interview. “I want us to come together, peacefully protest, and make sure that justice is served.”
The death of Tyre Nichols is the latest of many Black men and women who have died at the hands of police, sparking a national conversation on police brutality and systemic racism.
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