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Police officials across U.S. condemn Nichols arrest, death

Memphis police officers surround Tyre Nichols as he lays on the ground, on Jan 7, 2023.City of Memphis

New York City’s police commissioners and top officials at law enforcement agencies across the country expressed shock and anger at the treatment of Tyre Nichols at the hands of Memphis police.

Reacting after body camera and other video was released Friday evening, NYPD Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell said she and her department were outraged.

“The disgraceful actions depicted in the released video are an unequivocal violation of our oath to protect those we serve, and a failure of basic human decency,” Sewell said in a statement.

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Other police chiefs, sheriffs and mayors also weighed in. Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz called the officers’ actions horrific. “What happened to Tyre Nichols should not have happened,” he said.

Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said in a video that he was ashamed and angry. “As law enforcement we take an oath to protect and serve. The actions that day broke, violated and tarnished that oath,” he said.

Atlanta Police Chief Darin Schierbaum said he was disturbed and heartbroken.

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