The family of a Memphis man who died after a traffic stop saw the video showing the final moments of his life two weeks after his death.
Memphis police shared body-camera footage with Tyre Nichols’ family and attorneys in a private viewing on Monday.
“They murdered him,” Tyre Nichols’ mother, RowVaughn Wells, said.
Members of Nichols’ family were joined by attorneys Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci for a news conference moments after seeing video of the 29-year-olds’ deadly police encounter.
“What I saw on the video today was horrific. No father or mother should have to witness what I witnessed today,” Tyre Nichols’ stepfather Rodney Wells said.
While attorneys and Nichols’ family did not reveal graphic details of the video, Crump said Nichols could be heard calling for his mom three times before the police encounter ended. He also compared the incident to the 1991 beating of Rodney King in California.
“It’s not the race of the police officer that is the determinable factor of the amount of excessive force that will be exerted. It is the race of the citizen,” Crump said.
“All my son was trying to do was get home. He was two minutes away when they...