Tyre Nichols was beaten to death by police officers in Memphis, Tennessee, after stopping him for reckless driving. After the release of the video of Nichols' murder, thousands of Americans took to the streets to protest police brutality. Five officers have been charged with murder.
The police officers, who included both black and white people, stopped 29-year-old Nichols, who is black, in early January for "careless driving." The chief of the Memphis Police Department would later say that there was no reckless driving.
Memphis police have released four videos of Nichols' murder, taken from different cameras [beware, the video contains violent footage]. The footage shows officers hitting Nichols with batons, punches and kicks, including in the head and face. Lying on the asphalt, Nichols calls out to his mother. The policeman pushes him twice on the head, when he is already lying in handcuffs and apparently does not pose a danger. None of the officers tried to help Nichols.
Despite severe injuries and a clearly deteriorating physical condition, Nichols was taken to the hospital only half an hour after the beating. He died three days later. An independent autopsy, the results of which were announced by the lawyer for the Nichols family, showed that the deceased had "a large hemorrhage caused by a severe beating."
The five police officers who beat Nichols to death have been released. They were charged with murder and other related crimes. There are more police officers on the video - the attorney for the Nichols family has already directed questions about the others.
After the release of videos of Nichols' murder, thousands of Americans took to the streets to protest police brutality. The next large-scale actions are planned in Memphis and at least seven other major cities in the USA, including Washington and New York.
Nichols' mother, who could not bring herself to watch footage of her son's beating, asked Americans to protest "calmly and peacefully." US President Joe Biden said in a statement that he supports the Nichols family's calls for a peaceful protest. Biden also spoke with the relatives of the deceased and expressed hope for a "quick, complete and transparent investigation."