Protests Erupt Across US in Response to Tyre Nichols Video
Body camera footage showed police savagely beating 29-year-old Tyre Nichols, who died three days later. All five officers involved in the fatal incident have been fired from the Memphis Police Department and hit with murder charges. Additionally, two local deputies have been put on leave pending an investigation.
Five of the police officers involved were fired and charged with second-degree murder among other crimes. The video’s release was announced on Thursday, leading a host of politicians and other officials to preemptively warn potential protesters to remain peaceful ahead of the video’s Friday night release.
Videos of protests from Times Square in New York, Atlanta, Georgia, Memphis, Tennessee, Washington, DC, and other sites have been posted online. It is not known at this time how many protesters are at each event but they appear to vary from a few dozen to hundreds.
However, protests in Memphis appear to be the largest. Protesters there took over Interstate 55, shutting it down to traffic while chanting and giving speeches.
Protesters in Times Square chanted for justice, saying if they don’t get it they will “shut it down.”
At least one minor clash has occurred between police and protesters in Times Square, where protesters were burning incense. One protester appears to be apprehended by the police in the video.