Memphis police have released footage of a January 7 traffic stop that preceded the death of Tire Nichols.
Nichols spent three days in a hospital before dying after being beaten by five police officers.
The Minnesota Timberwolves held a moment of silence before their game against the Memphis Grizzlies in honor of Nichols, and LeBron James took to Twitter to express his thoughts.
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An MSNBC analyst tweeted that police of all races «see the black body as a problem» and that «we have failed to fully understand race and its construction as a ‘systemic tool’.»
James quoted him on Twitter and responded «TOO FACTUAL!!»
Just over an hour later, he tweeted: «WE ARE OUR WORST ENEMY.»
«We support the lawful arrest of all officers involved,» National Basketball Players Association said in a statement. «Such aggressive and excessive force illustrates the continuing need for accountability in the justice system.»
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«We are distraught to find ourselves dealing with an unnecessary loss of life due to police brutality, and this time it was one of Memphis’s own,» the Grizzlies said in a statement. your own statement. «We are thinking of Nichols’ family and friends and we share the pain felt throughout our community. So let’s support each other and respect how our fellow Memphis copers are coping. We have faith in this city and in our power to heal».
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“The actions of these officers were horrific and no one, including law enforcement, is above the law,” he said. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland he said in a video posted to Facebook on Thursday. «I assure you that we will do everything possible to prevent this type of heinous act from happening again.»
The former officers could face up to 60 years in prison if convicted.
Fox News’ Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.