Memphis is in mourning after the death of a beloved community member, Tire Nichols. Tire, who was just 19 years old, was killed by Memphis police officers on July 6th. The officers were responding to a call about a possible burglary in progress.
The Memphis community has been outraged by the death of Tire and the circumstances surrounding it. Tire had called his mother while the officers were arresting him and a video of the call has since gone viral. In the video, Tire can be heard pleading with the officers to let him go and calling out for his mother.
The officers involved have since been charged with second-degree murder and are facing up to 15 years in prison. The family of Tire Nichols has filed a lawsuit against the officers, the city of Memphis, and the police department.
The death of Tire Nichols has sparked a movement in Memphis to demand justice and an end to police brutality. Hundreds of people have taken to the streets to protest and demand accountability from the police.
The tragic death of Tire Nichols is a reminder of the dangers that people of color face when interacting with the police. It is a reminder that police brutality is still a very real problem in this country and that we must continue to fight for justice.