Monday, January 30, 2023

JUSTICE IN AMERICAN - The "Driving While Black" Murder of Tyre Nichols

"Former Memphis police officers charged with murder in death of Tyre NicholsPBS NewsHour 1/26/2023


SUMMARY:  Five fired police officers in Memphis, Tennessee, have been charged with second-degree murder in a killing that has echoed across the country.  The victim, Tyre Nichols, died after a confrontation during a traffic stop earlier this month.  Attorneys for Nichols' family say body camera footage shows a police beating that lasted three minutes.  John Yang reports.



"Memphis prepares for protests as video of police beating Tyre Nichols is releasedPBS NewsHour 1/27/2023


SUMMARY:  Authorities in Memphis and other cities are urging peaceful protests as they prepare for the release of graphic video of the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols.  The 29-year-old died this month after police beat him for three minutes following a traffic stop.  The five fired police officers are charged with his murder.  Geoff Bennett spoke with Rev. Earle Fisher about the Memphis community's response.



"Tyre Nichols’ death puts spotlight back on excessive police use of forcePBS NewsHour 1/28/2023


SUMMARY:  People across the nation are struggling to come to grips with the shocking display of excessive force by Memphis police in the beating death of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols.  Thaddeus Johnson, professor of criminal justice and criminology at Georgia State University, joins John Yang to discuss the use of force in policing.

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