The video evidence of the brutal beating of Tyre Nichols is difficult to watch because the illegal actions undertaken by members of the Memphis Police Department are both horrific and outrageous. None of the law enforcement officers, who were allegedly making a traffic stop for reckless driving, were authorized to unilaterally become prosecutor, judge, jury, and, quite distressingly, executioner. The violent and unwarranted actions they undertook will properly result in their criminal trials in a court of law — replete with all the due process protections that they summarily denied Mr. Nichols.
The Capital Pride Alliance condemns such brutality in all its forms. Further, we stand with the Nichols family and countless other families in their grief and suffering having endured these tragedies. Indeed, despite far too many previous condemnations of similar unauthorized brutality, we nevertheless find ourselves once again confronting this violence that operates under the cloak of governmental authority. We call on all elected and appointed officials to take whatever steps are necessary to protect all our citizens and prevent such occurrences from happening again in the future.