Biden breaks silence over Tire Nichols’ ‘disgusting’ video, revealing heartbreaking phone call with family in statement accompanying footage
PRESIDENT Joe Biden has shared his outrage at the horrific video of cops brutally beating Tire Nichols before his death.
Biden issued a statement regarding the bodycam footage after speaking to Nichols’ family earlier Friday.
“Like so many, I was outraged and deeply saddened to see the horrific video of the beating that resulted in the death of Tire Nichols,” the statement said.
“It’s another painful reminder of the deep fear and trauma, pain and exhaustion that black and brown Americans experience every day.”
Biden added that his heart went out to Nichols’ family and to Americans not only in Memphis, Tenn., where the incident occurred, but across the country.
While Biden said footage showing Nichols allegedly being kicked and punched by five Memphis Police Department officers will leave people “rightfully outraged,” he urged people not to resort to violence or destruction.
“Violence is never acceptable; it is illegal and destructive. I join Mr. Nichols’ family in calling for peaceful protest.”
Biden said he spoke to Nichols’ mother and stepfather, RowVaughn and Rodney Wells, earlier this afternoon and said there were “no words to describe the heartbreak and sadness at the loss of a beloved child and young father.”
He said the Nichols family deserved a “speedy, full and transparent investigation.”
Video shared on social media showed Nichols’ family on the phone with Biden and revealed he had spoken to them for more than 10 minutes.
“He actually has my name tattooed on his arm,” RowVaughn Wells said.
“That’s called something special,” Biden replied.
The President ended his statement by urging Americans to do everything in their power to “ensure that our criminal justice system delivers on the promise of fair and impartial justice, equal treatment and dignity for all.”
Biden said he has urged Congress to send to his desk the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which aims to address police misconduct, excessive force and racial prejudice.
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On January 10, 2023, Nichols died from injuries sustained during a “mandatory operation with officers” that resulted in “profuse bleeding from severe beatings.”
Days earlier on Saturday, January 7, Nichols was rushed to a local hospital after a confrontation ensued between him and five Memphis Police Department officers.
That night, local authorities stopped him on suspicion of reckless driving.
The obstruction to traffic led to a confrontation in which Tire had to flee on foot.
Eventually, law enforcement located the now-deceased victim and a second confrontation ensued.
Regarding the fatal incident, Tyre’s stepfather, Rodney Wells, told reporters at a news conference: “Our son ran away fearing for his life.
“He didn’t run away because he was trying to get rid of no drugs, no guns, none of that.
“He ran away because he was afraid for his life. If you watch the video you will see why he was afraid for his life.”
In a statement, Memphis PD chief Cerelyn Davis said: “This is not just a professional failure, this is a failure of basic humanity towards another person.
“This incident was heinous, inconsiderate and inhumane.
“In the spirit of transparency, you will see this for yourself when the video is released in the coming days.”
On January 26, 2023, five police officers were arrested in connection with Tire’s death.
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