Anger and protests in US after deadly Memphis police beating video released
Protesters hit the streets in some US cities following the release of footage Friday night showing a deadly police beating of an African American man.
The hour-long video captured several police officers beating Tyre Nichols, 29, during a traffic stop on Jan 7 in Memphis, Tenn, where they allegedly stopped him for reckless driving.
The officers pepper-sprayed and shocked Nichols with Taser, while they can also be seen beating the motorist with a baton and kicking and punching him. Nichols, subdued, kept yelling "mom." Nichols died three days later in a hospital due to cardiac arrest and kidney failure.
The five officers involved in the death of Nichols were fired after an internal investigation and are facing criminal charges, including second-degree murder. They face up to 60 years in prison if convicted.
Demonstrations have broken out in cities including Memphis, Washington, D.C., New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, over the police treatment of Nichols.
"Shame on this system," protesters chanted in downtown Washington, D.C., on Friday night.
President Joe Biden said in a statement that he was "outraged and deeply pained to see the horrific video of the beating that resulted in Tyre Nichols' death." "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," Biden said.