Showing posts with label death of Tyre Nichols. Show all posts
Showing posts with label death of Tyre Nichols. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Sen. Cory Booker statement on Tyre Nichols and renewing efforts to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the death of Tyre Nichols and renewing efforts to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act:

“The videos bearing witness to the brutal killing of Tyre Nichols evoke feelings of pain, horror, and terror that are tragically familiar to so many Americans. Tyre Nichols is now part of a group whose names we know -- like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery -- and whose names we don’t.

“Tyre Nichols should be alive today. My heart aches for his family, friends, and loved ones, who are dealing with an unimaginable loss. His death is a grave injustice. Those responsible must be held accountable, and we can’t stop there.

“In recent years I’ve worked with families, civil rights leaders, local mayors, activists, law enforcement leaders and union members and many more who all share the same understanding that we can raise the levels of transparency, accountability, and professionalism in American policing. Doing so will not only help prevent tragedies like this one, it will help us achieve higher levels of public safety. We can do better, we must do better, and this moment demands again that we muster the collective political will to act.

“Although Senate action on policing reform has proven difficult, from the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to more targeted reforms, I will never stop working to build a broad coalition to enact the changes that will make our nation safer, stronger, and more just.

“In the coming days as this new Congress is beginning, I will be renewing my legislative efforts to advance the reform we need and that Americans are demanding.”

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Memphis Grizzlies release statement on the death of Tyre Nichols

The NBA's Memphis Grizzlies released the following statement on the death of Tyre Nichols after the release of the video footage showing the brutal beating he endured at the hands of Memphis Police officers:

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Statement from United States Attorney Kevin G. Ritz on federal civil rights investigation into death of Tyre Nichols

Kevin G. Ritz, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, issued the following statement on opening a federal civil rights investigation into the death of Tyre Nichols:

“Last week, we announced that the United States had opened a federal civil rights investigation 
into the circumstances leading to the tragic death of Tyre Nichols.

Earlier this week I had the privilege of meeting Mr. Nichols's mother, father, grandmother, and 
aunt. I had the privilege of hearing from them about Tyre, a young man who enjoyed skateboarding, 
Starbucks, and sunsets at Shelby Farms.

I would like to share with the community what I told Mr. Nichols's family. What I said was that the 
Department of Justice cares deeply about potential violations of constitutional rights, here in 
Memphis and throughout America. I said we have opened a criminal civil rights investigation. I told 
them this federal civil rights investigation will be thorough. It will be methodical. And it will 
continue until we gather all the relevant facts. As with any other federal investigation, we will 
go where those facts take us.

I delivered that message to them. I want this community to hear that message as well. As I told Mr. 
Nichols's family, our federal investigation may take some time. These things often do. But we will 
be diligent, and we will make decisions based on the facts and the law.

My office is working hand in hand with the Civil Rights Division in Washington, as well as the FBI 
and other law enforcement partners. Our team includes very experienced federal prosecutors from our 
office here in Memphis. It includes very experienced FBI agents from the FBI's Memphis Field 
Office. It also includes a very experienced attorney from the Civil Rights Division.

We have been in constant, very constructive communication with the Shelby County District Attorney 
and state and local law enforcement agencies about this case. I am
thankful for that, and I expect that to continue.

Finally, I know there is significant public interest in the release of the video that was shown to 
Mr. Nichols's family. The state and local authorities have responsibility for determining when to 
release video from this incident to the public. What I will say on behalf of the federal 
authorities is that we want people to express their right to be heard, but we want them to do so in 
a peaceful and non-violent way.

I'll close by saying that I grew up in this city and care deeply about it. I want this city to be a 
place where justice is done. The United States is committed to following the facts and the law, 
guided by principles of justice every step of the way.”