The Memphis Police Department has disbanded a unit whose officers were charged in the death of Tyre Nichols. The move comes after a video of Nichols’ fatal beating by police officers went viral, causing widespread outrage among community members.
The video, which was shared on social media, shows officers beating Nichols while he lay on the ground. The officers were charged with second-degree murder and are currently awaiting trial.
In response to the incident, the Memphis Police Department has disbanded the unit and announced the creation of a new unit to focus on community engagement and de-escalation tactics. The department has also implemented a new policy requiring officers to wear body cameras during interactions with the public.
Van Jones, a CNN commentator, discussed the incident on his show and said that it is a reminder of the need for police reform and accountability.
In an opinion piece for the Commercial Appeal, writer John Malmo argued that the death of Tyre Nichols should be a wake-up call for the city of Memphis. He said that the city must come together to unify as one community and work to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.
The New York Times also published an opinion piece about the incident, in which writer Jamil Smith argued that the video of Tyre Nichols’ death is a stark reminder of the violence inflicted on Black people by police officers. He called for an end to police brutality and for action to be taken to ensure justice is served.