Memphis, Tennessee has released bodycam footage of the police stop that preceded the death of Tyre Nichols, a 25-year-old Black man, sparking outrage and calls for peaceful protest.
The video, released by the Memphis Police Department, shows an officer stopping Nichols for an alleged broken taillight. Nichols is then seen being pulled from his car and beaten by officers, who can be heard shouting profanities.
The graphic video has caused an uproar in the city, with Nichols’ family calling for peaceful protests. County leaders have also urged people to remain calm, saying that the Department of Justice is investigating the incident.
MSNBC has reported on why the DOJ’s early response to the case is so important. The news outlet has noted that the DOJ’s intervention could be a crucial step in the fight against police brutality.
The death of Tyre Nichols has sparked a national conversation about police brutality and systemic racism. As the video of Nichols’ death continues to circulate, people around the country will be watching closely to see what happens next.