US President Joe Biden called this Friday the parents of Tire Nichols, the 29-year-old African American who was beaten to death by five police officers in Memphis, Tennessee, to express his condolences. .
“During the conversation, the President praised the family’s courage and strength,” the White House said.
The five agents were fired from the force shortly after the occurrence, which happened earlier this month, and on Thursday it was revealed that all of them are under arrest and face several criminal charges, including second-degree murder.
The Nichols family’s attorney, Ben Crump, today called for the authorities’ speed in prosecuting the attackers to serve as an example for future cases of police abuse, although he suggested that this time things were faster because the five defendants are also African American. .
Police footage of the beating, which according to the family’s lawyers lasted about three minutes and was extremely violent, is expected to be released this Friday.
The mother warned at a press conference that the images that will be revealed are very unpleasant and asked that they not be shown to children.
Authorities have repeatedly appealed for calm amid expectations that the content of the recording could spark civil protests.
In a statement, the President of the United States today called for calm and demanded a “quick, complete and transparent investigation” into the case.
On January 7th, police intended to detain Tire Nichols for a traffic violation. As the police approached the man, “a confrontation occurred” and “the suspect fled”, according to the police.
When arrested, Nichols complained that he could not breathe, was taken to hospital and died three days later.
The five police officers charged were fired last week. The police’s internal investigation concluded that officers used excessive force. Other agents are still under investigation.