The president of the United States, Joe Biden, said he was “outraged” and “deeply pained” after seeing the images of the beating that several police officers gave to the African-American Tire Nichols, who died days later in the hospital.
“Like many, I was outraged and deeply hurt after watching the horrific video of the beating that ended in death” of the 29-year-old in Memphis, Tennessee, Biden said in a statement on Friday.
The president acknowledged that the images, which were released this afternoon, left many Americans “shocked” but called on those “seeking justice” not to resort to violence.
“Violence is never acceptable, it is illegal and destructive,” said the president.
White House officials had a call this afternoon with the mayors of 16 cities in the country before possible protests this weekend after the Memphis police published the videos showing the beating of Nichols.
For his part, the mayor of New York, Eric Adams, who was on the call, said in a video statement posted on his social networks that he felt “devastated” by what happened with Nichols and asked the inhabitants of the city to act. peacefully if you wish to protest this weekend.
“If you need to express anger or outrage, do it peacefully,” he said in the video.
Adams added that the city’s Police Department is already “fully prepared” to allow residents to exercise their right to protest.
The most graphic video is the one captured by a surveillance camera on a lamppost, where it is seen from above how the agents kicked, some of them in the head, and hit Nichols with a baton.
The attorney general of the United States, Merrick Garland, promised this Friday that there will be an investigation into the death of Nichols at the hands of five police officers in Memphis (Tennessee) and asked that any protests that there may be about this event be peaceful.
Five former agents are in custody and face various criminal charges for beating Nichols to death, who was arrested on January 7 for an alleged traffic violation. EFE
This story was originally published on January 27, 2023 7:50 p.m.
Source: El Nuevo Herald