The American President, Joe Bidenconveyed his condolences this Thursday to the family of a young black man who died as a result of a beating received by five former police officers and demanded that any protests, due to what happened, avoid violence.
“Violence is destructive and against the law. It has no place in peaceful protests seeking justice”, he pointed out in a statement from the White House.
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Tyre Nichols, 29, was arrested on January 7 for an alleged traffic violation in Memphis (Tennessee). When the agents stopped his car, the young man fled on foot and when he was hit, there was a “confrontation” for which he ended up retained.
The authorities determined that the five agents were directly responsible for his death due to the injuries they caused him, and from which he died three days later.
The five, all of them African-American and who have already been expelled from the force, face various criminal charges, including second-degree murder, the prosecutor in charge of the investigations announced Thursday, Steve Mulroy.
“Anger is understandable, but violence is never acceptable”, Biden added, recalling that the Department of Justice is already investigating what happened.
A video of the arrest will be made public this Friday at 6:00 p.m. local time (00:00 GMT) and the Memphis Police Chief also asked citizens to calm down in anticipation of the reactions that these images may arouse.
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Biden nonetheless admitted that “public trust is the foundation of public safety” and that there is still “too many places in America where those bonds of trust are frayed or broken”.
“Tire’s death is a painful reminder that we must do more to ensure our criminal justice system delivers on the promise of fair and impartial justice, equal treatment and dignity for all.”, he concluded.
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