Illinois lawmakers react to release of police body camera video of Tire Nichols – NBC Chicago


Community leaders and elected officials in Chicago, suburbs and Illinois share their reactions to the release of body camera footage showing the fatal beating of Tire Nichols in Memphis.

Footage released on Friday shows Nichols, 29, beaten by officers who restrained the black motorist and repeatedly hit him with their fists, boots and batons as he cried out for his mother and begged: ” I just want to go home.”

The video is filled with violent moments showing the officers, who are also black, chasing and punching Nichols and leaving him on the sidewalk leaning against a police cruiser as they bump fists and celebrate their actions.

The footage emerged a day after officers were charged with murder in Nichols’ death.

Several Illinois politicians, community activists and others shared their thoughts in statements and on social media after the video was released.

Among them is Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who issued the following statement:

“As a dark mother, I can only imagine the pain, grief and frustration that consumes the family of Tire Nichols and the entire community of Memphis. Make no mistake: what happened to Tyr was an act of horrific, unconscionable and preventable violence. As we know all too well, tragic incidents like these not only send waves of anguish across our country, but further erode trust between law enforcement and law enforcement. communities, especially those who are black and brown. that today’s news will reopen painful wounds for all who have loved Tyr, I urge all who rightfully seek justice to speak out peacefully. See a Black murdered by police will always elicit feelings of outrage, pain and despair. It’s important for us to channel those emotions by working together and ensuring that as a nation we continue to hold our officers s law enforcement to uphold the highest ethical, professional and constitutional standards. National Police. It is appalling that these officers are young in their profession and men of color themselves. It is clear that there is much more systemic work to be done. In the meantime, my prayers continue to be with the family, friends, community of Tyre, and other residents of Memphis as they continue to deal with this unimaginable loss.

In a statement, Cook County Council Chairman Toni Preckwinkle said: “Tyre Nichols should always be with us. Instead, he has been the victim of another horrific example of violence perpetrated by those who have sworn to serve and protect.”

“I’m outraged,” she said. “I’m devastated – every time. And can we finally all agree that there have been far too many times? I grieve with Tire Nichols’ family and grieve all those who have been unjustly killed by the police. My My thoughts and prayers are with his family who, despite the unthinkable, are calling for peace amid anger and devastation.The ruthless murder of Tire Nichols at the hands of police as other officers stood by n is not only devastating, it highlights once again the systemic failures in policing that we must address before we lose yet another innocent life.”

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