The Memphis community is bracing for potential protests in response to the video release of the killing of Tyre Nichols by five Memphis police officer. The Memphis-Shelby County Schools canceling after-school activities Friday and Southwest Tennessee Community College moving to virtual classes Friday, reported NBC News.
RowVaughn Wells Nichols' mother called for people to protest peacefully during a candlelight vigil in Memphis’ Tobey Park on Thursday night.
"I don’t want us burning up our cities, tearing up the streets, because that’s not what my son stood for," she said.
Antonio Romanucci described the video Monday as an “unadulterated, unabashed, nonstop beating” for three minutes. Crump has said it reminded him of “the Rodney King video,” referring to the 1991 bystander video of Los Angeles police officers beating a Black man.
Nichols’ mother spoke on her heartbreak in an interview aired Friday morning on CNN, saying by the time she got to the hospital and saw Nichols following the arrest, “He was already gone.”
“They had beat him to a pulp. He had bruises all over him, his head was swollen like a watermelon, his neck was busting because of the swelling, they broke his neck, my son’s nose looked like an “S”, she said.
Ben Crump said Nichols’ last words in the video footage were three “gut-wrenching screams for his mom.”
Memphis police chief CJ Davis described the incident as “heinous, reckless and inhumane” in a video statement Wednesday night.
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