orlando, florida – Police bodycam footage released Friday night shows Tire Nichols, a 29-year-old black man from Memphis, being beaten by five police officers during a traffic stop on January 7. I’m here. He died three days after him, leaving a four-year-old son. Even without many unanswered fathers and his family.
A new video has left many Americans reeling and praising the decision to fire and arrest the officers involved. FOX 35 spoke with people deeply involved in organizing local protests following the death of George Floyd nearly three years ago.
Tyre Nichols (Photo credit: Ben Crump Law) (Ben Crump Law)
In Orlando, protests erupted after Floyd’s death and some changes in local law enforcement policy. Orlando’s mayor and police chief have announced a community trust and fairness initiative, and the Orlando Police Department has banned chokeholds and knocking warrants.
Memphis police officers Demetrius Haley, Tadarius Bean, Emmit Martin III, Desmond Mills, and Justin Smith were fired on January 18 for their involvement in the arrest of the dead Tyre Nichols. (Memphis Police Department)
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They form “neighborhood patrols” and aim to connect with as many people as possible in diverse teams. Police have also hired mental health professionals to respond to those at risk when appropriate, and have begun junior preparatory law enforcement courses at local high schools.
Local activists say the focus should be on police “use of force” in the wake of Tyre Nichols’ death. We hired our first equity officer to make it accessible to everyone.