Authorities Friday evening released bodycam footage of five Memphis police officers beating motorist Tyre Nichols during a traffic stop.
Five former Memphis police officers were charged Thursday with second-degree murder and kidnapping in the death of a black motorist.
Officers Tadarius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith were fired Friday after a violent confrontation during a Jan. 7 traffic stop that left motorist Tyre Nichols dead.
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A video of police officers beating Tyree Nichols was released Friday evening as Antifa and BLM incite riots.
Memphis businesses boarded up in anticipation of violent riots.
Video (graphic warning):
Cammy Van Jones on CNN blamed Tyree Nichols’ death on a shooting.
Van Jones blames this on racism.
Black people are not immune to anti-Black messages
One of the sad things about anti-black racism is that we, as black people, are not immune to its harmful effects. Society’s message that black people are inferior, unworthy, and dangerous is pervasive. Over the decades, numerous experiments have shown that these ideas can infiltrate black minds as well as white ones. Self-hate is a real thing.
This is why a black store owner views his same-race customers with suspicion, but treats his white patrons with respect. Black people can have anti-Black feelings and act on those feelings in harmful ways.
Black cops are often socialized in police departments that view some neighborhoods as war zones. In those departments, some officers are disciplined to dole out “street justice” in certain precincts — often inhabited by black, brown or low-income people — where there’s a tacit understanding that the “rulebook” simply doesn’t apply.