Protests Ensue After Bodycam Footage of Nichols Beating Released
Widespread protests have occurred across the United States in response to the killing of Tyre Nichols.
The Details: Friday night, Memphis police released body camera footage from the beating of Tyre Nichols. The footage sparked widespread protests across the country on Friday and Saturday, most of which have remained peaceful.
For Context: The protests were particularly large in Atlanta, where just last weekend protests over a new police training facility turned violent. Atlanta had prepared 1,000 National Guard units to be mobilized, however, protests remained peaceful. Protesting has happened in many other American cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Memphis, Boston, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Columbus, and Portland. Three were arrested in NYC, and in LA a police cruiser was attacked with a firework.
Key Quotes: “We want peaceful protests, that is what the family wants,” said Nichols’ stepfather, Rodney Wells. Atlanta mayor Andre Dickens said, “I am encouraged by the swift action taken by Memphis leaders to seek accountability from those responsible,” he added that the Atlanta Police Department “has taken great strides in recent years to fully implement vital policing reforms.” President Biden said, “Outrage is understandable, but violence is never acceptable.”
How The Media Covered It: Coverage across the political spectrum has been similar tonally, with emphasis from most outlets on the peacefulness of the protests, as well as the swift charging of the involved officers. Prior to the release of the footage, AllSides noted some emotionalism and sensationalism bias in photos and coverage.
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From the RightAtlanta's Tyre Nichols protest remains peaceful after 1,000 National Guard troops activated
National Guard troops activated by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp were not needed in downtown Atlanta Friday night as dozens of protesters held a peaceful demonstration following the release of bodycam video showing Memphis police officers brutally beating Tyre Nichols following a traffic stop.
A small gathering of protesters met at Centennial Olympic Park, where they chanted and demanded justice for Nichols, who died of the injuries he sustained during the beating. The five Memphis officers involved were fired and have been charged with murder and other crimes.
The Atlanta protesters held signs that...
From the CenterProtests break out after release of Tyre Nichols’ body camera footage
Protests spread across the country after body camera footage was released showing the beating of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols in Memphis.
The Memphis Police Department released four videos of the arrest; three from body-worn cameras and one from a street surveillance camera.
Protesters gathered in a park near the White House in D.C., in Memphis, Tennessee, and in other cities as the video was released.
In Memphis, the scene was peaceful. Dozens of protesters chanted, “Say his name! Tyre Nichols!” and several dozen protesters blocked a heavily traveled bridge on Interstate 55 that is one...
From the LeftMore protests today after release of video depicting the deadly police beating of Tyre Nichols
Protesters across the US were holding marches and rallies on Saturday, one day after the release of video showing the horrific police beating of Tyre Nichols in Memphis.
The graphic video of police striking the Black man who later died earlier this month drew outrage from across the country. Protests began forming Friday night, with people in several cities taking to the streets and raising signs bearing Nichols’ name.
Saturday’s marches and rallies were expected in Memphis, Boston, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Athens, Georgia, and Columbus, Ohio, among other cities. Most will occur...
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