Tire Nichols’ death should fuel police reform efforts, lawyer says

Jan 29 (Reuters) – The lawyer representing the family of Tire Nichols, the Black man who death piece by the Memphis police, called on Sunday for the US Congress to pass the police reform law, and said that the mother of Nichols hoped that the incident could lead to a “greater good give.”

“Shame on us if we don’t use his sudden death to end the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act,” said Ben Crump on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

On February 17th at 9 am today, on February 17th at 9 am this morning he is scheduled to appear before the judge James Jones is the Shelby County criminal judge, according to court records.

Crump said he and Nichols’ family spoke with President Joe Biden on Friday and urged him to use Nichols’ death to bolster support for the use of the act.

Nichols’ mother coped with her son’s death by believing he was destined to change the world, Crump said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.

“He believes in his heart that Tire was sent here on a mission and that more good will come out of this accident.”

The “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act” was introduced in 2021 after the death of George Floyd when a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes, sparking worldwide protests against the brutality. exactly.

The bill, which aims to stop law enforcement, passed the Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives in 2021 but stalled in the Senate. Biden on Thursday called on Congress to send the legislation to his desk.

The death of Nichols is the most famous example of the police using excessive force against black people and other minorities. Crump said Nichols’ death should spur lawmakers to act.

“This is the culture that says, ‘It doesn’t matter if the police are Black or Hispanic or white, you are allowed to violate the constitutional rights of some citizens from some races and some communities, ‘” Crump on CNN.

The Chairman of the Judiciary of the Republican House of Representatives Jim Jordan, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” warned not to rush into new laws to create new laws for the police.

“These five people have no respect for life, and again, I don’t think these five people represent the majority and the majority of law enforcement. We saw that in that video.” ,” he said.

Five officers, all Black, charged with the murder of Nichols afterwards video captured on bodycams and a street surveillance camera showed their confrontation with Nichols on January 7th.

Nichols, 29, was hospitalized and died of his injuries three days later in the town where he lived with his mother and stepfather and worked at FedEx.

The Memphis Police Department on Saturday scatter the SCORPION group where the officials were, because of the protests that took place in American cities the day after the release of the terrible picture of the attack.

The officers were charged Thursday with second-degree murder, assault, kidnapping, disorderly conduct and torture in Nichols’ death and fired from the department.

Reporting by Katharine Jackson and Ahmed Aboulenein; Additional reporting by David Lawder, editing by Ross Colvin and Nick Zieminski

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