Protests Erupt Nationwide After Release of Tyre Nichols’ Footage

Protesters take over a bridge Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn., as authorities release police video depicting five Memphis officers beating Tyre Nichols, whose death resulted in murder charges and provoked outrage at the country's latest instance of police brutality. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Protests have begun across the country after Memphis officials released the video footage of the traffic stop that resulted in the death of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols.

Nichols, a 29-year-old black man, died on January 10, three days after Memphis police officers stopped him for “reckless driving.”

In an initial statement, the Memphis Police Department said Nichols “complained of having shortness of breath” after “another confrontation occurred” between Nichols and law enforcement.

On Friday, Memphis officials released video footage from the traffic stop that showed officers shouting expletives and repeatedly punching Nichols as they attempted to detain him.

In Memphis, protesters demonstrated on the highway and blocked the flow of traffic.

Do not get upset because of evildoers Or be envious of the wicked; For there will be no future for the evil person; The lamp of the wicked will be put out. Proverbs 24:19-20 NASB

In Dallas, several dozen people gathered for “an impassioned but peaceful demonstration,” outside the Dallas Police Department headquarters.

As Dallas News reported:

Some attendees held signs, with sayings including “Stop the war on Black America” and “Justice for Tyre Nichols.” Crowding together against the cold, they shouted “No justice, no peace” and “No good cops in a racist system.”

Protests reached the nation’s capital, with citizens gathering outside the White House.

“The only way we will get justice for Tyre Nichols … to overturn this capitalist system is if we understand our power,” one protester said through a megaphone, Fox News reported.

“Racist police terror, health care, climate change, workers’ rights — all of these things are intertwined,” the man continued.

Some White House demonstrators held signs that read, “jail killer cops,” with “Party for Socialism & Liberation” underneath.

Protests in New York City seem to be more aggressive.

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