Thank you. Amna: Welcome to the newshour. Authorities in Memphis and other cities are urging peaceful protest tonight as they release a graphic video of the fatal police meeting of tyre Nichols. Goeff: That is a 19-year-old.
That died earlier this month after a arrest. Police beat and tased him for three minutes at a traffic stop. The police officers are now charged with his murder. My friends, family, and supporters turned out for a vigil at his favorite skateboard.
Park. The police chief said there was no possible — probable cause for his arrest. Many of the city's top officials have described the video of his arrest horrific and difficult to watch. His mother has said — said she.
Could not watch the full video of what happened to her son. And there is some documentation on the video that is said to be him calling out for his mother's help. She spoke with us. >> He loved to talk with me. He was his own person.
He did not follow what everybody else was doing. I talked to him one time and he said mama I do not want to go. He wants to dance. You know. So, I am just telling you guys, my son was a beautiful person. He was a good boy.
No one is perfect. But he was dam near it. Goeff: We are looking at the — closer at his killing and how the community is responding to it. We spoke with the senior pastor of the missionary Baptist church in Memphis.
Thank you for being with us. >> Thank you for having me, I appreciate it. >> I imagine there is a heaviness in Memphis, a deep sense of outrage, anger, hurt, how are people processing what has transpired? >> That is a difficult question.
All of the emotions you articulated are powerful but there is a sense of anxiety and hope there are a few steps that have taken — that have been taken for justice. True justice would be that he is still breathing and our heart goes out to the family and we.
Stand in solidarity for them, it remains to be seen, that I do not think anybody can reveal what the next few days will hold. >> What makes this case of police violence different is that all officers involved are black.
And what also makes it different is how quickly they were arrested and charged. People find a direct connection between those two things. And I want to hear what your reaction about his attorney had to say today. >> This is the blueprint going.
Forward. Because any time any of us whether they be black or white [indiscernible] No longer can you tell us that we have to wait six months to a year. >> What about that is justices a new standard and that is meant.
This case, the tragedy proves that it can be done? >> I definitely agree with him and I believe the support is good into context. The developments that led to what we have seen over the last few days I do not think anyone should be caught up in a.
Projected benevolence of people within the system. Just doing the right thing. This is the byproduct of several years of righteous and aggressive advocacy — activism work where Stewart was killed in 2015 for bridge demonstrations in 2016.
The rule of confederate — in 2017 the list goes on and on. But I appreciate what attorney from said. He said unique as this case may be, as far as the heinous and egregious video is can earn what we know is this is still part of a larger system and construction.
Of policing. And we been trying to advocate for righteous reforms for quite some time on the ground. They been resistant and they have been reduced. Which I think contributed to the moment we are faced with now. Our heart goes out to the family.
Of tyre Nichols and I believe his mother and father believe this is not just about this isolated incident. It is not isolated it is connected with what is happening. And police are concerned along with the country.
>> Let me ask about that because he was pulled over blocks away from his home from a specialized police unit known as scorpion which was set up a little more than a year ago. Two police this surge in violent crime parts of Memphis. These specialized crime time –.
Crime fighting groups have been scrutinized for targeting people of color. What is the level of concern about this team of — before the fatal assault? >> A few things come to mind. The offices involved had been on the force for five or less.
Years. And he would wonder how they would be able to get in a specialized unit with such a short time span of experience. Not only that, when you think about the level of oversight and supervision that should have been provided to them.
I do not think anybody is being objective to what we are seeing that this is their first time engaged in this heinous behavior. You do not start out with this level of brutality in your first rodeo you have to graduate to this point.
Our question again is who was responsible for the management and oversight that should have been provided to them. They are connected to the other issues. To be fair to law enforcement [indiscernible] Because of the your.
Responsibilities there may be covert elements involved but at the same time, there has to be enough transparency and accountability to ensure these development do not reach a different level because we did not have to be here today we are here today because of the.
Competing philosophies and ideologies about how to make the city safer. Chief Davis, mayor Strickland, they put this together in the fall of 2021. It did not take even 1.5 years to have a body and we have more bodies that have been brutalized.
By the grace of god that had not died. >> His family says he was beaten beyond recognition. The police chief says this video shows and conscionable acts that define humanity. The director was appalled by what he saw.
How do you expect the city of Memphis will respond to this? >> That is beyond my pay grade. I [indiscernible] Because of past protests, we have shown all manner of poise and passion. If there has ever been any.
Escalation in past protests in Memphis it was the police that initiated it and escalated it. I trust the people [indiscernible] I urge the citizens to look out for each other. If somebody is there and see somebody doing something I would.
Hope that they would intervene with the highest level of love and appreciation not only for each other but also the family of tyre Nichols area I also think it is not the wisest thing to release a video that you know is going to be insightful and inflammatory on a Friday.
Evening. I think there could have been deeper discussion and dialogue about this — better ways to introduce this to the public. Those of us who have been on the ground for the last several years will be here for the long H we are hoping for the.
Best and still trying to prepare for the worse. And lastly I would say I think the error of the city has been impacted by the way 9th street — weight mainstream media has couched this. — Way mainstream media has couched this.
When they started reporting at the beginning of the week I was looking around because I felt like I was missing something. It had not been what I felt and were wet my calling spell. And we had — or what my colleagues felt. We should prepare for the worst.
And hope for the best. >> He was considered to be a free spirit enjoying skateboarding and photography. He was a father and deep love his mother. We were at the vigil last night and could speak to the family members.
What did the world want them to know about their son? >> What they said the last several weeks as they want people to know how human he was. How much he loved sunsets and skateboarding, how faithful he was in his work and his relationship with his mother,.
Palmer — father, family, his child, anytime we can humanly ice — humanize this is great. And I want to encourage to lift up those that have's suffered similar injustices to stand with these families after the smoke clears. Because people continue to bear.
The burden and trauma of these instances. As his mother was saying, we should not have to do what we are doing now. We will do the best with what we have. >> Pastor of a church in Memphis in it — Memphis Tennessee.
Thank you for speaking with us.