Memphis police have released footage from the Jan. 7 traffic stop that preceded Tyre Nichols’ death.
Nichols spent three days in hospital before his death after beating five police officers.
The Minnesota Timberwolves observed a moment of silence before their game against the Memphis Grizzlies in honor of Nichols, and LeBron James took to Twitter to offer his thoughts.
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An MSNBC analyst tweeted that police of all races “see the black body as a problem” and that “we have failed to fully understand race and construct it as a ‘systemic tool.’ doing.”
James tweeted this and replied “So true!!”
An hour later, he tweeted, “We are our own worst enemy.”
The National Basketball Players Association said we stand by the legitimate arrest of all officers involved. said in a statement. “Such aggressive and excessive force underscores the continued need for accountability in the justice system.”
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“We are troubled to find ourselves dealing with needless loss of life due to police brutality, and this time it was Memphis’ own,” the Grizzlies said. His own statement. “We are thinking of Nichols’ family and friends and share the pain felt in our community. So, let’s support each other and respect how our fellow Memphians are coping. We have faith in this city and it has the power to heal us.”
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“The actions of these officers were appalling, and no one, including law enforcement, is above the law.” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said in a video posted on Facebook on Thursday. “I can assure you that we will do everything possible to prevent this type of heinous act from happening again.”
The former officers could face up to 60 years in prison if convicted.
Fox News’ Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.