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Tyre Nichols: Biden urges calm ahead of release of body camera footage

The body camera footage will be released on Friday evening.

All five former Memphis Police officers who were fired following the death of Tyre Nichols were charged Thursday with second-degree murder.

Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man, was hospitalized with serious injuries after his arrest and use of force by police officers on January 7. He died three days later from injuries sustained, according to police.

Nichols’ family was offered a private viewing of the video Monday. His mother, RowVaughn Wells, made it only through the first minute, family attorneys Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci said.

President Joe Biden said in a statement Thursday that Nichols’ family deserves a “swift, full, and transparent investigation.”

“Outrage is understandable, but violence is never acceptable. Violence is destructive and against the law. It has no place in peaceful protests seeking justice,”

Biden said

“Tyre’s death is a painful reminder that we must do more to ensure that our criminal justice system lives up to the promise of fair and impartial justice, equal treatment, and dignity for all,” Biden said.

He also urged that any protests in the coming days remain peaceful, acknowledging that “outrage is understandable.”

The president spent much of the last two years encouraging lawmakers to pass a bill that would have reformed policing with the aim of stopping such killings, but the effort ultimately failed.

At the moment, Memphis has braced itself for the possibility of protests upon the release of the footage.

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Written by Jamil Johnson