United States: Outrage over fatal beating of African-American

By: AFP/El País/EFE

At first it seemed like a routine arrest for a traffic violation. However, police videos released Friday of the fatal beating of Tire Nichols later expose a scene with officers kicking and pressing with their knees the 29-year-old black man who faints from the beatings.

The material recorded by the body cameras of the policemen shows nichols on the ground, crying out three times “Mama!” while the agents punched and kicked him in the face. He died in the hospital days later, on January 10.

Outraged Leaders

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, declared himself “outraged and deeply hurt” as soon as the images of the brutal beating of the police to Tire Nichols, a 29-year-old black man, were published in Memphis. “The images released tonight will rightly outrage people,” Biden said in a statement, in which he urged protesters to express themselves peacefully.

Former US President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama condemned the incident on Twitter on Saturday: “The cruel and unwarranted beating of Tire Nichols and his death at the hands of five Memphis police officers is just the latest painful reminder of how much America still has to do to fix the way the police patrol our streets,” they said.

The five police officers were fired, accused of murder and imprisoned. Four of them were later released on bail. The authorities hope that the protests, which have already been called, will not be tinged with violence.

The key

I remember. This new death after an arrest revived the debate on police brutality in the US, where the case of George Floyd, murdered in 2020 by a white police officer, is still present, an event that led to a social crisis.