The Black Cops Who Murdered Tyre Nichols Have Been Fired: Why Can’t They Do The Same To White Cops?

Rosalyn Morris
3 min readJan 22
Photo by Sean Lee on Unsplash

Don’t get me wrong — I think the Memphis Police Department is doing the right thing. The five Black cops, who turned on their own brother for the blue, should be fired. They murdered a man, a Black man, by beating him so badly it subsequently led to his death. While the video has not been released, I’m sure it’s awful. These five men, most importantly, took a life. They also learned, the hard way, that they don’t have the complexion for protection. They are Black first, blue second, and they were not backed by their blue brethren. They were fired — not placed on administrative leave — and their names and photographs have been released. The bodycam evidence will also be released for Nichol’s family to see, as it did not magically disappear.

The video should shine more light, and the family will review the dashcam footage from the five fired and disgraced police officers tomorrow. The videos must be brutal for the Memphis Police Department to act so swiftly.

Tyre Nichols was only 29-years-old and originally from Sacramento, California. He moved to Memphis, TN recently to be closer to his mother.

He is described as a kind, God-fearing man who did not do drugs and who did not like to drink alcohol.

Tyre Nichols, like many Black Americans, lost his life because of a simple traffic infraction. He was pulled over by Memphis police on January 7 for “reckless driving.”

The cops claim there was an “altercation” and Nichols ran away from them on foot.

The cops eventually took Nichols into custody — and beat him brutally in the process.

Nichols was taken to the hospital after complaining he was short of breath. He died less than three days later from his injuries.

The five police officers: Justin Smith, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills, Demetrius Haley, and Tadarrius Bean have been fired, and their names and official police photos have been released.

The Memphis Police Department said after its internal review, that the five officers “violated multiple department policies including excessive use of force, duty to intervene, and duty to render aid.”

This begs the question — why can’t the police always do this???

Why don’t they always fire cops who use excessive force, who murder citizens in cold blood?

We know the answer to this.

Now, imagine how much safer it would be for citizens if “bad apples” were removed from the bunch…

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