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Kamala Harris attends Tyre Nichols funeral in Memphis

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris will attend the funeral of Tire Nichols, a black man who died three days after Memphis police officers severely beat him earlier this month, according to the White House.

Nichols is honored by Reverend Al Sharpton at a service at Christ Church on Mississippi Boulevard. memphis Wednesday morning. The families of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, who were killed by police in Louisville, Kentucky and Minneapolis in 2020, will also attend.

Meanwhile, Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy said Tuesday that prosecutors may file further criminal charges against police officers and others in connection with Nichols’ fatal beating. rice field. growing criticism about how Mulroy’s office and the Memphis Police Department handled the case.

Five police officers, all black. charged last week Discharged on second-degree murder charges. The department confirmed Monday that the sixth police officer, Preston Hemphill, who is white, had been suspended from his duties shortly after the Jan. 7 attacks, but no criminal charges have been filed.

After video footage of the fatal encounter with police was released on Friday, local police officials and prosecutors said they were investigating the incident, given that initial police reports did not match what was seen in the video. We were asked to be more transparent about the situation.

Ben Crump, an attorney for the bereaved family, told Nichols’ mother on Tuesday that police had not spoken candidly about the incident, which he called a “police lynching.”

“She thought it was a conspiracy to cover it up from the beginning,” Crump told CNN.

The family met on Tuesday night at the Mason Temple Church of God in Christ in Memphis with the Reverend Sharpton, where the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. gave his final speech on the eve of his assassination in 1968. Case.

Sharpton said he wanted the family to stand where King stood before Nichols was laid to rest. “They’re standing there, in the name of Tyre, to go to Martin’s summit,” he said. “That’s why we wanted to start this in this holy land. This is the holy land. And this family is now ours, they are in the hands of history.”

According to the White House, Harris was invited by Nichols’ mother and stepfather, Lawvaughan Wells and Rodney Wells. The Vice President called the Wells family on Tuesday to express his condolences and offer support.President Joe Biden spoke to the Nichols family by phone last week.

Harris includes former Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, the president’s senior public affairs adviser, and Mitch Landrieu, a senior White House adviser and infrastructure deployment coordinator, according to a Harris spokeswoman. Former Mayor of Orleans) will join. , Kirsten Allen.

Crump calls to action after Sharpton’s pays tribute Wednesday.

Nichols’ death was a recent incident, and early reports of the use of force by police were later shown to have minimized or omitted violent and sometimes fatal encounters.

Officers from the Memphis Police Department used stun guns, batons, and fists to beat Nichols during a nighttime arrest. Video footage shows Nichols fleeing for home from police after being stopped on suspicion of reckless driving.

Nichols’ brother Jamal Dupree regretted Tuesday that he wasn’t there to save his brother from being fist-and-foot attacked by five police officers charged with second-degree murder and other charges. said.

“I’ve been fighting all my life, and it was the only fight I needed to be here, and I wasn’t here,” Dupree said, adding that violence was against his brother’s nature. rice field.

“My brother was the most peaceful person I have ever met,” he said. “If my brother were here today and had to say something, he would tell us to do this peacefully.”

Nichols’ mother and stepfather accepted an invitation to attend Biden’s State of the Union address in the Capitol next week. Attending with Rep. Stephen Horsford, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/feb/01/tyre-nichols-funeral-memphis-kamala-harris Kamala Harris attends Tyre Nichols funeral in Memphis

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