Over 2,000 People Attend Funeral Service for Tyre Nichols
The funeral for Tyre Nichols was held in Memphis, TN on Wednesday. The service was attended by over 2,000 people, including Vice President Kamala Harris, Rev. Al Sharpton, and film director Spike Lee.
For Context: Nichols died three days after being beaten by members of the Memphis Police Department, who have since been fired and charged with murder. The incident sparked protests and renewed calls for police reform.
Key Quotes: “For this to happen to him is just unimaginable,” said Nichols’ mother, adding, “I promise you, the only thing that’s keeping me going is the fact that I really truly believe my son was sent here on an assignment from God.” Vice President Harris spoke at the service, calling for the passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and stating, “mothers around the world, when their babies are born, pray to God when they hold that child — that that body and life will be safe, for the rest of his life. Yet we have a mother and a father who mourn the life of a young man who should be here today.” Rev. Sharpton said that black Americans “cannot continue to live under these double standards and under these conditions.”
How The Media Covered It: The service was covered more frequently and prominently in left- and center- rated outlets, but coverage itself was consistent. The New York Post called the incident “horrific.” The Guardian outlined ongoing legislative reform efforts mentioned by Harris and Sharpton during the service.
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From the Left‘He was robbed of his life’: in Memphis, tributes to Tyre Nichols – and a call to action
On a frigid Wednesday afternoon, RowVaughn Wells looked into the crowd of hundreds inside the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, and gave her own call to action in the funeral service for her son Tyre Nichols, who was beaten to death by Memphis police earlier this month. Her voice cracked as she joined a fellowship of other Black mothers who lost their children to police violence over the years.
Wells remembered her son as a “beautiful person”, adding that “for this to happen to him is unimaginable”.
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From the CenterMourners call for end to police violence at Tyre Nichols funeral
The relatives of Black people killed by police in cities across the United States came to Tyre Nichols' funeral in a Memphis church on Wednesday to offer comfort to the family of the Black 29-year-old, who was fatally beaten by officers last month.
Speaking over a flower-bedecked casket at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, preachers recalled a young man who loved photography and skateboarding, and demanded justice for Nichols.
Civil rights leaders and family members also called for an end to recurring police violence against Black Americans. They addressed a...
From the RightVP Kamala Harris speaks at Tyre Nichols emotional funeral in Memphis
A moving funeral service for Tyre Nichols — who died this month following a vicious beating at the hands of police — took place Wednesday in Memphis, bookended by a 70-person gospel choir and featuring an address from Vice President Kamala Harris.
Father-of-one Nichols, 29, died on Jan. 10 in hospital, three days after he was severely injured by five police officers who were caught on camera holding him down and beating him repeatedly. The horrific incident took place just yards from Nichols’ mother’s home, and he could be heard calling...
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