Tyre Nichols screams for his mom in horrifying bodycam video as Memphis police punch and kick him in face in fatal beating.
Memphis authorities released footage from the killing of Tyre Nichols at the hands of police, as cities across the country prepare for the public’s response to the brutal incident.
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Tyre Nichols died from his injuries on January 10 , three days after he was pulled over in a traffic stop by five officers from the Memphis Police Department.
All five officers involved, who are all Black, have been fired and face murder charges as of Thursday.
Tyre Nichols bodycam footage
The hour of footage released by authorities on Friday shows officers stopping Nichols for what they said was reckless driving.
Officers pulled the man out of his car and screamed at him to get out of the ground while he yelled “I didn’t do anything” and “I’m just trying to go home.”
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The Memphis man was held down, punched and kicked in the face, tased, and pepper sprayed for three minutes while he screamed for his mother.
Another officer screamed “I’m going to baton the f*** out you,” and raised the weapon against him during the horrific incident.
Nichols initially fled from cops when he was pulled from his car and pinned on the ground. “Stop, I’m not doing anything,” he yelled before bolting.
The officers fired tasers at him and then gave chase. After the beating, the officers stood around while Nichols lay on the street propped against the car in agony.
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All five officers were fired in the wake of the incident. They were charged with second-degree murder and related offenses on Thursday, Reuters reported.
The tragedy has been likened by the heartbroken family to the infamous 1991 police beating of Los Angeles motorist Rodney King.
Memphis Police Director Cerelyn Davis described the actions as “heinous, reckless, and inhumane” and said they have yet to find proof that Nichols was driving recklessly.
President Biden addressed the video in a statement that said he was “outraged and deeply pained” after viewing the footage.
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“It is yet another painful reminder of the profound fear and trauma, the pain, and the exhaustion that Black and Brown Americans experience every single day, ” the president wrote.
He reportedly chatted with the family on the phone Friday evening and said he plans on passing a police reform bill.
Vice President Kamala Harris said: “Tyre Nichols should have made it home to his family.
“Yet, once again, America mourns the life of a son and father brutally cut short at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve.”
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