Memphis police disband unit that beat Tire Nichols to death

Spread the love

Memphis Police disband unit that beat Tire Nichols to death

Memphis residents reacted Saturday to police camera footage of the arrest of Tire Nichols.

Memphis police announced Saturday the dismantling of the ;special unit implicated in the fatal beating in early January of a young African American, the video of which shocked the United States.

Police on Saturday of Memphis, Tennessee, said in a statement that it is in everyone's interest to permanently dismantle the SCORPION unit.

Police officers currently assigned to the unit have given their consent, the statement adds.

The family of Tyre Nichols welcomed the decision in a statement from his attorneys, deeming it both appropriate and proportionate to the tragic death of Tire Nichols as well as decent and fair to all citizens of Memphis.

The shocking images of the fatal arrest of 29-year-old Tire Nichols by five black police officers have sparked horror and misunderstanding in the United States, without yet causing the social explosion similar to that of the explosion. summer 2020 feared by the authorities.

Since his death in early January, his family has repeatedly called for calm. And before the publication, early Friday evening, of the video, broadcast live and without cuts by the major television networks, President Joe Biden called the mother and stepfather of the victim and urged peaceful demonstrations.

Peaceful demonstrations continue in dozens of American cities the day after the broadcast of the images of the police intervention which ended in the death of the young Tire Nichols in Memphis. Under pressure, the local police announced the immediate dismantling of the special squad which included the five police officers involved. Report by Jean-Philippe Hughes.

Rallies ranging from a few dozen to a few hundred people were held Friday evening in several cities, including Memphis, New York and Washington.

On Saturday afternoon, several dozen demonstrators gathered in the rain and cold outside Memphis City Hall, an imposing concrete block building.

Memphis has an opportunity to set the pattern for responding to such acts, city councilman J.B. Smiley tossed the crowd, calling for police reform.

To the sounds of no justice, no peace and with signs demanding justice for Tire Nichols, protesters then marched through the otherwise quiet streets of Memphis.

< p class="e-p">Earlier, residents met on the street expressed outrage after footage of the arrest was published.

Robert Jones, 26, a shop clerk in downtown city, saw clips of the video. It seems like it's a new year, but things don't change, he said in reference to police violence.

< p class="sc-v64krj-0 dlqbmr">The five police officers involved in the arrest of Tire Nichols have been fired, arrested and charged with murder, assault and battery as well as kidnapping.

Video released by police shows an unbearable beating after a banal traffic stop on January 7 in Memphis.

With punches, kicks, truncheons, the police are relentless on the young man, spray him with tear gas and target him with a Taser gun with electric shocks.

At no time do we see Tire Nichols retaliate. He tries to run away, is caught. Mom! Mom! Mom! he shouts in one of the excerpts.

Tyre Nichols died three days later in a hospital in Memphis.

The five police were fired, charged with murder and imprisoned. Four of them were later released on bail.

On Friday, while saying they were horrified, the family said they were satisfied with the charges brought against the five police officers and praised the speed of the measures taken against them.

It could have been me instead of Tire Nichols, reacted after seeing the video Demarcus Carter, 36, African American living in Memphis, who expected that the demonstrations are more important.

But once a trial is held, if the verdict is wrong, then the protests will be bigger, he predicted.

Some questions remain unanswered after footage of the arrest is released. The video does not show, for example, the beginning of the interaction between Tire Nichols and the group.

This new death after an arrest has reignited the debate on police violence in the country, where the memory of George Floyd, killed in 2020 by a white police officer, remains vivid, with the feeling that the major demonstrations that followed did not solve the problem.

Ben Crump, one of the family lawyers of Tire Nichols and who had defended the family of George Floyd, blamed an institutionalized police culture.

It doesn't matter that the police either black, Hispanic or white […]. There are unwritten rules that if a person is from a certain ethnic group, then they can be treated with excessive force, he told MSNBC on Saturday.