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Ex-Memphis Officer Calls Cops Concerned in Tyre Nichols Dying a ‘Lynch Mob’

A former Memphis police officer has blasted the officers who beat Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man, to dying after a site visitors cease, together with these on the scene who did not intervene—likening them to a lynch mob.

5 Black cops—Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills Jr., Emmitt Martin III and Justin Smith— have been fired and charged with Nichols’ homicide and different offenses.

Following the discharge of harrowing physique digital camera footage of Nichols’ January 7 arrest, Memphis police introduced that two different officers, not less than considered one of whom is white, have additionally been suspended, whereas the Memphis Fireplace Division mentioned it had fired two emergency medical employees and a lieutenant.

Brandon Williams, who’s Black and says he was an officer with the Memphis Police Division for 5 years, shared his ideas in a TikTok video that has gone viral, amassing greater than half 1,000,000 views in little over a day.

Folks attend a candlelight vigil in reminiscence of Tyre Nichols on the Tobey Skate Park on January 26, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee.
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“A number of me for my Spanish content material, however numerous you additionally know that I used to be a former Memphis police officer between the years of 2016 and 2021 and I simply wish to give some perception into the Tyre Nichols incident that is happening with my former police division,” he mentioned.

Williams mentioned he used to patrol with two of the 5 officers who’ve been charged, however didn’t title them.

“Despite the fact that I do know two of the 5 personally and have patrolled with them personally and had a relationship with them, this on no account excuses any of their actions,” he mentioned.

He went on to blast those that say Nichols would have survived the encounter had he not run from the officers, including that it is “not a assure.”

“The very first thing that I wanna speak about which is utter BS is, you may see numerous conservatives say, why did he run?” Williams mentioned.

He famous that an preliminary model of occasions mentioned Nichols had been pulled over for reckless driving, however that the Memphis police chief has mentioned there was no proof of that.

“Which implies you possibly can’t say that if he by no means ran that he would nonetheless be alive when the cease was unlawful within the first place,” he mentioned.

“Now I’ve needed to pull out individuals, rip individuals out of a automobile aggressively at gunpoint with foul language many instances, however most of these individuals had been murderers, robbers, sexual assaulters, the worst of the worst the place you wanted to satisfy violence with violence.

“By no means as soon as did I put my gun within the face of anyone who I supposed for reckless driving, proper? So from the get-go, you may have a person who was not responsible of something fleeing from the police as a result of he is scared as a result of he would not even know why he is getting pulled over in such an aggressive method.

“In order a Black male, I most likely would have ran too and I used to be the police for 5 years.”

Williams went on to say that utilizing a police boot to strike an individual within the face was inexcusable.

“There is no such thing as a approach, kind or style that you just take a police boot, and also you strike a person’s face a number of instances whereas he is on the bottom,” he mentioned.

“There is no such thing as a approach that that’s excusable. I do not care who you are preventing. A kick to the face proper right here, that might be deadly. And until you are attempting to deliberately kill anyone, that isn’t a tactic that’s taught nor ought to ever be used.”

A police officer ought to by no means let a fellow officer “do something that you just would not let be performed to you,” he mentioned.

“You’re simply as responsible because the lynch mobs that used to lynch Black individuals and watched them die and get lynched, although they by no means put a hand on them, you’re simply as responsible,” he mentioned.

Lastly, Williams mentioned that “everyone from beaters to the paramedics to the common officers on the scene that stood there and watched goes to lose their job and will.”

“As a result of when you take a look at anyone it doesn’t matter what crime they did and you are taking the human out of them, you may have now additionally misplaced your humanity and now your freedom,” he mentioned.

The Memphis Police Division and Williams have been contacted for additional remark.

Nichols died in hospital on January 10, three days after he was crushed by police. His funeral might be held at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis on Wednesday, starting at 10:30 a.m. CST.