US: Memphis publishes footage of Tyre Nichols' fatal beating
On Friday, authorities in the US city of Memphis published gruesome video evidence of Tyre Nichols being fatally beaten by police.
Nichols, a 29-year-old Black driver and parent who was stopped by the police earlier this month, died three days later from his wounds.
Five ex-police officers who had been dismissed a week earlier were charged with murder in connection with Nichols' death the day before the video was made public.
What was captured on the recordings?
The video, which is mostly from officers' body cams, shows cops brutally hitting Nichols while cursing at him.
You will witness atrocities that defy humanity, Memphis police chief Cerelyn Davis said CNN while describing the video.
Officers are shown yelling and yanking Nichols from his vehicle during a traffic check in one video. He shouts, "I didn't do anything," which is audible.
He is then pushed to the ground by the cops. Put your hands behind your back before I break your (expletive), the officer shouts. A few seconds later, an officer says, "Put your hands behind your back before I break them."
Nichols yells angrily at the cops, "You guys are really doing a lot right now." "I simply want to go home," you say.
Moments later, he cries, "Stop, I'm not doing anything," before breaking free and sprinting down the street. He presumably receives a Taser shot from an officer.
The police can be seen catching up with Nichols in another footage. He is pepper sprayed by a policeman. Nichols is shown being punched, kicked, and assaulted while being pinned to the ground.
Nichols fought with the cops and yelled, "Mom! Mom!" again. Nichols was just approximately 80 yards (73 meters), according to his mother, from his house.
As previously stated, the cops had stopped Nichols for driving recklessly, according to district attorney Steve Mulroy, who sought the officers' indictment.
'Outraged' by violence, Biden
The clip "will leave people understandably enraged," US President Joe Biden said, adding that he was "outraged and extremely disturbed" by it.
At the White House, Biden urged peaceful demonstrations and recalled his previous Friday conversation with Nichols' mother.
The George Floyd Act, designed to address police misbehavior and excessive use of force, was requested by the US president of Congress.
The death of Nichols will be the subject of a federal civil rights inquiry, US Attorney General Merrick Garland stated on Friday.
Major US cities' law enforcement organizations said that they were preparing for potential demonstrations in the wake of the publication of the film.
The audio recordings may make Nichols the new spokesperson for the US racial justice movement.
Tyre Nichols was he?
Nichols was regarded as a kind, skilled skateboarder with a creative eye by his family and friends.
He just enrolled in a photography class while working for FedEx.
Instead of sharing the video of him being attacked by police, several social media users shared a video of him skating that his lawyer had uploaded.
Sacramento, California, served as Nichols's upbringing. Before the COVID outbreak, he relocated to the Memphis region and lived with his mother and stepfather.