“Outrage at the Killing of Tyre Nichols: The Video, the Police, and the Clergy Speak Out”

On January 29th, 2021, Tyre Nichols, a 24-year-old African-American man, was killed by police officers in a shocking video that has since gone viral.

The video, which was taken from a police body camera, shows officers giving Tyre 71 commands in 13 minutes, orders which many have deemed impossible to comply with. The officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

In the wake of the incident, many have questioned why Tyre was killed and what could have been done to prevent it. The Chicago Sun-Times has compiled five reasons why Tyre was killed, including his refusal to comply with officers’ orders, the officers’ use of force, and the fact that Tyre was unarmed.

The video of Tyre’s death has sparked outrage and calls for police reform. In an opinion piece for the Commercial Appeal, one writer argues that the video of Tyre’s death is “brutal and sadly quite normal.” Boston clergy have also spoken out against the killing of Tyre, saying it is a “tragic example” of how police brutality can lead to death. Finally, The New Yorker has explored the police folklore that may have contributed to Tyre’s death, including the idea that “compliance equals safety” and the notion that police officers should always be obeyed.

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