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Councilmember McDuffie's Statement on The Killing of Tyre Nichols

For Release: Sunday, January 29, 2023
Contact: Jonathan McNair, 202-288-0714,
Today, Councilmember McDuffie issued the following statement on the on the killing of Tyre Nichols.

I am outraged by videos of the brutal beating of Tyre Nichols by Memphis police officers. 
The videos of Tyre’s violent killing evoke traumatic images of unconstitutional police violence that are all too common in our country.  
It is important to acknowledge the swift action by Memphis officials to publicly condemn the actions of, terminate and charge, the police officers involved in Tyre Nichols killing. However, the videos show several officers present at the scene who have not been publicly identified.
As Judiciary Committee Chairman, I authored landmark policing reforms designed to enhance transparency and accountability and help foster better relations between the police and the communities they serve and protect.
Every individual sworn to uphold the United States Constitution and protect and serve the public must be required by law to intervene to prevent a law enforcement official from committing assault. Tyre Nichols killing is yet another tragic example of why we need and must continue to demand that Congress act to pass federal reforms that establish national standards for professional policing and public accountability.

Tyre Nichols should be alive today. Instead, his family is mourning his death and experiencing excruciating pain and grief that no family should ever have to suffer. I pray for the Nichols family and hope that his death sparks a conscience awakening that moves us collectively as a nation towards love, compassion, and justice for all people.
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