Three people were detained at a protest in New York
At least three people have been detained in New York City during protests sparked by the release of video footage of the beating by police in Memphis, Tennessee, of African-American Tyre Nichols, who later died.
There was a large protest in New York City on Friday night, with a total of more than 250 people participating. The protests were generally peaceful. Rioters marched through the streets chanting slogans demanding justice for the police officers involved in the arrest of Nichols and against the racist attitudes of law enforcement officers.
During the protest march in New York, three people were detained. One of them tried to smash the windshield of a police car, another attacked a police officer with fists, the reasons for the third’s detention are not specified. Protests were held Friday night in Memphis and several other major U.S. cities. No serious incidents were reported.
On Jan. 7, Memphis patrol officers stopped a 29-year-old African-American man for allegedly violating traffic laws. Upon arrest, he attempted to flee, but the officers caught up with him and a scuffle ensued.
According to video footage released Friday, officers repeatedly used force on Nichols for several minutes. He was taken to a hospital, where he died three days later. According to preliminary findings by investigators, the death resulted from injuries sustained as a result of “an incident involving force by law enforcement.”
Memphis police management has ordered the suspension of the five officers involved in arresting Nichols. They were charged Thursday with murder, abuse of power, harassment and assault. The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI are investigating the incident.
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