Once again, in yet another U.S. city, a Black man did not survive a traffic stop. His name was Tyre Nichols.
On January 7, 2023, Memphis, Tennessee police pulled over the 29-year-old father and avid skateboarder. Police officers subsequently tased, beat, and pepper-sprayed Mr. Nichols approximately 250 feet from his home. He died on January 10 as a result of injuries sustained during the brutal attack. Five former Memphis police officers involved in the assault were arrested and charged with second-degree murder and other crimes.
Traffic stops should not become executions. We are sickened by another instance of excessive force and police brutality by officers who have been hired to protect and serve.
The National Health Law Program stands with Mr. Nichols’ family in demanding a thorough and transparent investigation of his killing. We demand accountability. This must stop.