Tyre Nichols updates: Funeral renews calls for police reform as up to 20 hours of video yet to be released

‘We mourn with you’: Kamala Harris delivers impassioned speech at Tire Nichols’ funeral

Tyree Nichols’ funeral was held in Memphis on Wednesday, more than three weeks after the 29-year-old black man was fatally beaten by a group of police officers on January 7. He died in hospital three days later.

During the service at the Mississippi Avenue Christian Church, Nichols’ family, civil rights leaders and Vice President Kamala Harris led all calls for police reform and urged Congress to take action, finally passing the Police Act Justice for George Floyd.

In his benediction, the Rev Al Sharpton condemned the actions of the Black officers accused of killing Nichols, arguing that the sacrifices of civil rights leaders such as Dr Martin Luther King Jr paved the way for their public service.

“People had to march and go to jail and some people lost their lives to open the doors for you. How dare you act like this sacrifice was for nothing?’ he said.

Up to 20 hours of video footage of Nichols’ fatal arrest has yet to be released by Memphis officials.

Shelby County District Attorney Steven Mulroy said it includes audio of what the officers said afterward as he revealed he is considering filing more charges in the case.


Mourners demand justice at Tyree Nichols’ funeral as family calls on Congress to crack down on police brutality

In their remarks, religious leaders struck a delicate balance of urging support for a grieving family while reflecting a nation’s grief and anger, days after witnessing yet another police attack on a black American.

“We pray for you that God will continue to give you strength because your strength has kept us grounded and helped us channel our anger constructively and turn our anger into action,” he added.

Rachel SharpFebruary 2, 2023 10:30


Up to 20 hours of arrest footage has yet to be released

Up to 20 hours of footage related to the fatal arrest of Tyree Nichols has yet to be released by Memphis officials.

Shelby County District Attorney Steven Mulroy told CNN on Wednesday that the video includes audio of what officers said after the fatal beating and after Nichols was rushed by ambulance to the hospital — where he never recovered.

To date, 56 minutes of footage has been released to the public as four separate videos.

Three of the videos come from Memphis police officers’ body camera footage, while the fourth is from a pole-mounted security camera.

Mr Mulroy said it was up to the city of Memphis and the Memphis police to decide when to share the full footage with the public, as he revealed the district attorney’s office was considering bringing more charges in the case.

Rachel SharpFebruary 2, 2023 10:00


Full Story: Kamala Harris Speaks at Tire Nichols Funeral in Memphis Urging Congress to Pass Police Reform Legislation

Vice President Kamala Harris urged Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, bipartisan police reform legislation that passed the House in 2021 but stalled in a deadlocked Senate with Republican opposition.

The bill, named in honor of the black man killed by Minneapolis police officers in 2020, was authored by then-Senator Harris.

“Let the memory of Tire light the path to peace and justice,” Ms. Harris said in her brief remarks.

Alex WoodwardFebruary 2, 2023 09:00


‘We mourn with you’: Kamala Harris delivers impassioned speech at Tire Nichols’ funeral

He told his parents that “the people of our country mourn with you” and praised them for their “strength, courage and grace.”

‘We mourn with you’: Kamala Harris delivers impassioned speech at Tire Nichols’ funeral

Alex WoodwardFebruary 2, 2023 08:00


‘Blood on their hands’: Tyree Nichols’ mother warns lawmakers not to block George Floyd bill

Wednesday’s funeral for Tyree Nichols in Memphis had a renewed call for passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, federal legislation that passed the House of Representatives in 2021 but has otherwise stalled in Congress.

Tire Nichol’s mother says “blood on the hands” of those who don’t vote for George Floyd’s bill

Alex WoodwardFebruary 2, 2023 07:00


“The police don’t always tell the whole truth”

“The police are partisan agents like everyone else in power,” he writes The independentJosh Marcus, reflecting on his coverage of policing and criminal justice. “It is vital that we take their claims with a grain of salt.”

Alex WoodwardFebruary 2, 2023 05:00


The “elite” police units in the spotlight after the brutal killing by Scorpion cops

The now-disbanded Memphis Police Department’s SCORPION unit – which stands for “Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace to Our Neighborhoods” – was introduced in October 2021. It was disbanded following the death of Tyre Nichols.

The independentGraeme Massie examines several similar controversial units in US departments that have been accused of abuse and excessive violence.

Alex WoodwardFebruary 2, 2023 03:00


Marjorie Taylor Greene compares Tire Nichols beating to shooting of Capitol rioter Ashli ​​Babbitt

Far-right Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene invoked the fatal shooting of Capitol rioter Ashli ​​Babbitt after reporting on Tire Nichols, who was fatally beaten by police.

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He then suggested that people who have been jailed for their roles in the uprising face a “civil rights violation” in prison.

Ms. Greene went on to say that Congress had done nothing to address the treatment of other participants in the attack, many of whom remain incarcerated pending their respective trials.

There is a simple reason for this: Mrs. Babbitt was part of a crowd actively trying to breach a barricaded door to a restricted area. She was shot by an officer while trying to climb out of a window that her partners had broken. Federal prosecutors closed the case and the officer was cleared of wrongdoing.

Alex WoodwardFebruary 2, 2023 02:00


Initial Memphis Police Report Falsely Claims Tyree Nichols ‘Fighted’ Officers

A leaked incident report into the arrest and fatal beating of Tyree Nichols by Memphis police officers contains glaring inaccuracies that were later revealed after body camera and surveillance footage were released.

The report, written two hours after the Jan. 7 beating of Nichols, alleged the 29-year-old was “enraged” and refused legal custody, tried to fight with officers and also tried to grab an officer’s gun during an initial stop. circulation.

Alex WoodwardFebruary 2, 2023 01:00


ICYMI: Four of five cops charged in Tire Nichols’ slaying had prior complaints, records reveal

Four of the five former Memphis Police Department officers charged in the fatal beating of Tyree Nichols were suspended or reprimanded in previous incidents while working for the department, according to newly disclosed personnel records.

The officers faced little to no consequences, according to city records of their cases, and were commended on at least two occasions, with other officers describing their actions as isolated incidents.

Alex WoodwardFebruary 2, 2023 00:00


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