Former President Barack Obama reacted to the video showing the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols involving five Memphis police officers.
Obama referred to the death of Nichols as a "painful reminder" for the nation.
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"The vicious, unjustified beating of Tyre Nichols and his ultimate death at the hands of five Memphis police officers is just the latest, painful reminder of how far America still has to go in fixing how we police our streets," he said.
The vicious, unjustified beating of Tyre Nichols and his ultimate death at the hands of five Memphis police officers is just the latest, painful reminder of how far America still has to go in fixing how we police our streets. pic.twitter.com/ITmrNNJhiT
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) January 28, 2023
Shortly before releasing the video relating to Nichols' traffic stop, Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis said that the officers' conduct was "beyond George Floyd."
"So, you know, I would have to say that this video illustrates images that I've never seen in my career before perpetrated by police officers. You know, for me, it was beyond Rodney King. For me, it was beyond George Floyd. Just the manner in which these officers physically asserted themselves to Mr. Nichols. And even the aggression with language was appalling," Davis said.
Nichols can be heard saying "I didn't do anything" in the body camera video as officers yanked him out of the car during the traffic stop.
The five officers have been charged with second-degree murder in the case.
The release of the bodycam video on Friday led to concerns about violent riots breaking out in Memphis and other cities across the nation.
Some protests occurred over the weekend as people shut down highways in the city in response to the graphic beating in the video.
The city must now deal with the case involving the officers and work to make sure trust is restored after the brutal tragedy.
Source: Fox News