A traffic stop in Memphis that ended in the death of a young man has caused uproar and unrest in the Tennessee city.
"Memphis officials released video footage on Friday from the traffic stop that resulted in the death of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols earlier this month," reports Breitbart.
"Nichols, a 29-year-old black man, died on January 10, three days after Memphis police officers stopped him for 'reckless driving,'" reports Breitbart.
A "confrontation occurred" between Nichols and the police officers when he was stopped around 8:30 p.m. on Jan, 7, read an initial statement released by authorities.
"While attempting to take the suspect into custody, another confrontation occurred; however, the suspect was ultimately apprehended," the Memphis Police Department stated.
"Afterward the suspect complained of having shortness of breath, at which point an ambulance was called to the scene," the Memphis Police Department added.
"The Memphis Police Department released four videos, three of which were from a police officer’s body camera, and one was from a street pole camera and contains no audio. The videos included graphic content and a language disclaimer with viewer discretion advised," according to Breitbart News.
"Former officers Demetrius Haley, Tadarrius Bean, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills, and Justin Smith, all of whom are black, joined the Memphis Police Department between 2017 and 2020," according to the New York Times.
Nichols' mother, RowVaughn Wells, asked Memphis residents to avoid protesting violently in the lead-up to the video being released.
"When that tape comes out tomorrow, it’s going to be horrific. I didn’t see it, but from what I hear, it’s going to be horrific. But I want each and every one of you to protest in peace. I don’t want the burning of our city, tearing up the streets," said Wells. "Cause that’s not what my son stood for. And if you guys are here for me and Tyre, then you will protest peacefully."
Source: Breitbart News
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