David Allen Brown plans to leave Las Vegas after attending an Adele concert as part of his daughter’s 25th birthday next week, take a midnight flight to Chicago, where he will catch another plane to Richmond, Virginia, for the funeral. from a friend and fellow Omega Psi Phi brother.

“That’s what Omega taught me,” said Brown, who got his start in the fraternity 40 years ago in the Pi Gamma chapter of Norfolk State University. «Brotherhood. Manliness. Respect. Not what you’ve heard and seen from the tragedy in Memphis.

Three of the five officers who were arrested and charged with second-degree murder after the fatal beating of Tire Nichols were Ques, the nickname for members of Omega Psi Phi, a national black fraternity founded in 1911 at Howard University. .

The National Organization for Greek Letters announced in a declaration that he had revoked the membership of three officers, whom he did not name. He Memphis Business Appeal he identified them as Tadarrius Bean, who had been president of his chapter at the University of Mississippi; Emmitt Martin III; and Desmond Mills Jr.

“A few days ago, on behalf of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, we joined all other caring, considerate, decent, and just people in America and around the world in expressing our deepest condolences to the family of Tire Nichols, Ricky L. Lewis, the great basileus of the national brotherhood, said in a statement Tuesday. “We have since learned that three of the former Memphis police officers involved in the horrific incident were members of our organization. That is devastating! Effective immediately, the Fraternity has revoked the membership of the three former Memphis police officers and all related privileges they may have enjoyed as members of our Fraternity.»

Brown, a retired president of the Long Branch, New Jersey-based housing authority, said the officers’ actions “are not who we are in any way. I have always seen Omega men as leaders and leaders of leaders, learning Robert’s Rules of Order, learning to be a man, learning to respect the sanctity of womanhood, embracing that extended family that comes with brotherhood.

«What the video showed was not Omega.»

The national office agreed, adding in its statement that “the brutality shown in the video not only violated our moral sensibilities but also transgressed our established and Fraternal Code of Conduct. We have the utmost confidence in the judicial process and fervently pray for the Nichols family to obtain justice.»