“The images that have been made public will cause outrage in the population, and for good reason,” the US president acknowledged, adding, however, that the demonstrations that will take place should be “peaceful.”
US President Joe Biden said yesterday Friday that he was “outraged” and “deeply hurt” by watching the “horrific” video of the violent arrest of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old African-American who died three days later.
“The images that were released tonight will cause outrage in the population, and for good reason,” Mr. Biden acknowledged in the press release released by his White House services, but added that it is necessary that the demonstrations that will take place be ” peaceful”.
The five police officers who brutally beat the young man while arresting him for a simple traffic violation in Memphis (Tennessee) on January 7, who are also black, have been removed from the police ranks and are now facing prosecution for murder.
According to the US president, the family of Tyree Nichols “deserves” an “immediate, full and transparent investigation”.
Mr Biden spoke with the young man’s family earlier yesterday and praised their appeal for the protests to be peaceful. He noted that he spoke with Tyree Nichols’ mother and stepfather, “expressed his personal condolences” to them and “admired their courage and strength.”
Asked about the risk of violent incidents breaking out at various rallies organized in the US, particularly in Memphis, Mr. Biden told reporters that “I’m obviously very concerned, but I think Roe Von Wells (s.a. Tyree’s mother Nicholls) made a very strong plea’ for calm.
Two advisers to the president discussed yesterday with the mayors of 16 cities where demonstrations were planned.
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