Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens denounced the Memphis police officers he saw on video violently arresting Nichols.
“Once again, we bear witness to a horrific act — a vile and brutal attack of a young unarmed Black man in America by officers who were sworn to serve and protect,” the mayor said in a statement. “I know I am not alone in my feelings of sickness and anger in the attack on Mr. Tyre Nichols.”
Dickens, though, did praise Memphis officials for quickly firing five officers and seeking charges against the now-former lawmen: ” I spoke with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland this week, and I believe he is personally committed to justice in this case and healing in his city.”
Outside of Atlanta, protesters have been demonstrating against the construction of an 85-acre, $90 million training facility for police, referred to as “Cop City.”