A video of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols has been released, verifying he was beaten by police in Memphis, Tennessee before he was hospitalised in early January. Three days later the Black motorist died due to sustained injuries.
Authorities released video footage on Friday showing Tyre Nichols being beaten by five Memphis police officers, in the US State of Tennessee, holding the Black motorist down in early January and repeatedly striking him with their fists, boots and batons as he screamed for his mother.
The video is filled with violent moments showing the officers, who are also Black, chasing and pummeling Nichols and leaving him on the pavement propped against a squad car as they fist-bumped and celebrated their actions.
The footage emerged one day after the officers were charged with second-degree murder in Nichols’ death. The chilling images of another Black man dying at the hands of police renewed tough questions about how fatal encounters with law enforcement continue even after repeated calls for change.
Protesters gathered for mostly peaceful demonstrations in multiple cities, including Memphis, where several dozen demonstrators blocked the Interstate 55 bridge that carries traffic over the Mississippi River toward Arkansas.
In Washington, dozens of protestors gathered in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House and near the Black Lives Matter Plaza.
The recording shows police savagely beating the 29-year-old FedEx worker for three minutes while screaming profanities at him throughout the attack.
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