ORLANDO, Fla. — Law enforcement and government leaders across Central Florida have taken to social media to share their thoughts on the video of Tyre Nichols’ arrest.
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Nichols died on Jan. 10, three days after authorities said he ran after being pulled over on suspicion of reckless driving, WHBQ-TV reported. Police said officers had two “confrontations” with Nichols and that afterward, he complained of shortness of breath. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died, according to WHBQ.
Five officers fired last week from the Memphis Police Department face murder and other charges in the death of Nichols.
READ: Tyre Nichols death: Memphis Police Department releases video of Nichols’ arrest
See reactions below:
Orange County Sheriff John Mina
My statement on the Memphis Police incident involving the death of Tyre Nichols. pic.twitter.com/aykijBKOiN— Sheriff John Mina (@SheriffMina) January 28, 2023
Congressman Maxwell Frost
Just saw the video of the lynching.— Maxwell Alejandro Frost (@MaxwellFrostFL) January 28, 2023
Those police beat Tyre Nichols to death. The change required to build an equitable system will require more than training and body cameras. They bludgeoned him to death while the cameras were on. He should be alive.
Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma
Sheriff Lemma’s statement regarding the events in Memphis pic.twitter.com/Gpg1UNfbzG— Seminole County S.O. (@SeminoleSO) January 28, 2023
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood
Kissimee Police Chief Jeff O’Dell
We extend our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Tyre Nichols, and the entire Memphis community. 🙏— KPD Chief O'Dell (@ChiefJeffOdell) January 28, 2023
The egregious conduct demonstrated by these former police officers is beyond disturbing, and can never ever be tolerated in our profession.
President Joe Biden
My heart goes out to Tyre Nichols’ family and to Americans in Memphis and across the country who are grieving this tremendously painful loss. There are no words to describe the heartbreak and grief of losing a beloved child and young father.⁰⁰Here's my full statement. pic.twitter.com/ghROhSGtao— President Biden (@POTUS) January 28, 2023
Rep. Anna Eskamani
I have no words, and won’t share the video of #TyreNichols murder by Memphis police but will share his beautiful smile and a quote from his mother. This is why every day we strive for peace, justice and accountability. pic.twitter.com/zK5oFdBxGK— Rep. Anna V. Eskamani 🔨 (@AnnaForFlorida) January 28, 2023
Check back for more reactions as they come available.
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