January 28, 2023
The release of the horrific video evidence of the beating of Tyre Nichols was hard for me to watch. I mean hard. As the father of two black sons in his age group, as I watched all the videos, I kept thinking, “that could have been my son.”
I’ve read and watched dozens of media reports that use the phrase “allegedly beaten by Memphis Police Officers.” Are you f@^king kidding me? I guess there are legal and journalistic requirements that compel the use of the word “allegedly.” I know what I saw. I saw Tyre Nichols dragged from his car and pepper sprayed while cooperating and on the ground. No drugs. No guns. No past criminal history has been reported.
Police have said that Nichols was taken to hospital after complaining of shortness of breath. As per reports, he suffered a broken neck and cardiac arrest due to a violent confrontation. An independent autopsy found that Nichols suffered extensive bleeding caused by a severe beating. The forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy found that Nichols’ injuries and beatings were consistent with what his family and attorney witnessed in the body cam footage.
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