Statement on the Murder of Tyre Nichols

The Social Economic Racial Justice Committee (SERJ) stands in opposition to the senseless, unprovoked, and violent beating of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols by five officers of the Memphis Police Department on January 7, 2023, during a traffic stop, which ultimately resulted in his death.  This incident brought the nation to a halt as it did when George Floyd was murdered on May 25, 2020.  This recent event continues to shine a light on the deadly encounters between Black men and law enforcement officers around the country, no matter how small the infraction, or whether or not the victims are innocent. We call on community leaders, members of the Legislature, and Congress to support passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 (H.R. 1280).  We call on cities nationwide to provide training to law enforcement officers when encountering Black people, especially young Black men.  We call for fair and equal treatment under the law, and to hold officers accountable when they break the law.

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