Dyer Nichols’ fatal arrest video renews debate over police brutality

“Mommy Mommy…” Dyer Nichols called out to his mother in a desperate, high-pitched voice. This 29-year-old African-American father was brutally beaten by police officers while driving home in Memphis, Tennessee, on the evening of January 7th. He died in hospital three days later.

On Friday January 27, local authorities released A long collection of several video clips showing the arrest in its entiretyIt spread a shock wave in the city and mobilized all the national channels.

Two separate incidents took place, documented by a police officer’s body-worn camera and CCTV footage. First, after being extracted from his vehicle, Dyer Nichols undergoes an unresisting, disruptive immobilization attempt with violent gestures and gross disparity of multiple stimuli. “I have to go home…” Terrified, he manages to escape on foot.

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He was found in a second location, on a deserted street, around 8:30 p.m., first conducted by two police officers, the victim sprayed with tear gas, kicked and stabbed, then with a telescopic baton. He is woken up to be hit on the head. Dyer Nichols was then handcuffed to the floor, lying down, dragged to the car. Minutes pass. As shocking as the violence is, it’s the police’s indifference to the suffering victim, his humanity, that captures.

Impunity of some police services

Although acquitted, the five suspected black police officers were fired and charged with the most serious charges: murder, aggravated assault, and kidnapping. “They are all responsible”Local prosecutor Steve Mulroy said their precise role in the beating varied. “Where was their humanity? They hit my son like a pinata.”, said the tearful mother on CNN, in Mexican tradition refers to a decorated object filled with sweets and toys that children explode with sticks to retrieve its contents. Dyer Nichols liked a lot of skateboarding and photography.

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The authorities decided to release the video at 7 pm on Friday, causing some kind of negative buzz on the news channels. Cheryl Davis, the city’s police chief, explained that businesses would close in the evening and children would return home safely. Tellingly reigned disbelief about the impact of dazzling images. These also justify the speed of sanctions against criminals belonging to the acronym Scorpion, which represents the categories responsible for everyday crimes.

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