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Utah safety officials, NAACP, react to death of Tyre Nichols

Jan 27, 2023, 7:54 AM

The Utah Department of Public Safety together with the Salt Lake Branch of the NAACP have called th...

People attend a candlelight vigil in memory of Tyre Nichols at the Tobey Skate Park on January 26, 2023 in Memphis, Tennessee. 29-year-old Tyre Nichols died from his injuries three days after being severely beaten by five Memphis police officers on January 7. The officers have since been fired with criminal charges against the officers announced today. The video of the police encounter is expected to be released on Friday. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Public Safety together with the Salt Lake Branch of the NAACP have called the death of Tyre Nichols a “despicable act of violence and inhumanity.”

The comments by Utah officials come hours ahead of the release of police video, which reportedly shows five Memphis police officers beating 29-year-old Tyre Nichols after a traffic stop on January 07, 2023.

Nichols reportedly ran from the police after he was stopped. 

He was hospitalized and died three days later. On Thursday, the five officers were each charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault, among other charges.

In a joint press release issued Friday morning, the agencies denounced Nichol’s death

“This heinous act of violence towards a young man who was stopped for what should have been a civil conversation for a traffic infraction is far from acceptable,” said Jeanetta Williams, president of the NAACP Salt Lake branch.

“The total disregard for human life is heartbreaking, and I stand with Tyre Nichols’s family and our community in the mourning of this young man’s life.”

The statement from the Utah Department of Public Safety placed particular emphasis on the role that police officers played in Nichols’ death.

“We hope that the people of Utah know our law enforcement leaders work hard to protect all citizens’ rights, life, and liberty,” the DPS and NAACP release stated.

We stand together with great respect for the communities we serve. As law enforcement officers, we take an oath to protect, not harm. The tragic death of Tyre Nichols should’ve never happened.

The statement from Utah leaders comes ahead of the release of police video, reportedly documenting what happened to Nichols on the night he was stopped for a traffic issue.

The video will be released on Friday night.

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Utah safety officials, NAACP, react to death of Tyre Nichols