Written by: Khalif Thompson
Today in VHip Hop News, as the majority of the world is still recovering from this traumatic event, at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis, a funeral ceremony for Tyre Nichols was held on Wednesday (February 1).
Tyre Nichols was brutalized by Memphis police on January 7. On January 10, age 29, passed away as a result of his wounds.
The Rev. Al Sharpton and Vice President Kamala Harris attended Nichols' burial. One of the family members who spoke during the ceremony was RowVaughn Wells, the mother of Nichols.
Tyre was a beautiful person, Wells said. “And for this to happen to him was just unimaginable. I promise you the only thing that’s keeping me going is the fact that I really truly believe my son was sent here on an assignment from God.”
Wells requested that the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act be passed by Congress. Racial prejudice and the overuse of force are two issues that the measure seeks to solve.
Wells stated that “We need to get that bill passed because if we don’t, that blood—that next child that dies, that blood is going to be on their hands,”.
Rodney Wells, Nichols' stepfather, also encouraged lawmakers to act to stop police violence. He eagerly anticipated bringing Nichols and other victims to justice.
He declared, “This is a continuous fight that we have to fight for. We have to fight for justice. We cannot continue to let these people brutalize our kids.”
For their actions in Nichols' killing, five police officers were dismissed and charged with second-degree murder. Two more cops received suspensions.
For their actions in reaction to the police beating of Nichols, the Memphis Fire Department discharged three personnel. Due to their behavior, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office placed two deputies on leave.
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