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Tyre Nichols Police Beating Video Prompts Faith Leaders to React with Grief, Goals

posted on January 28, 2023

Adelle M. Banks of Religion News Service reports, “Religious leaders reacted swiftly — with legislative appeals and collective grief — to the release of video footage of police officers beating Tyre Nichols, a Black man who died days after a traffic stop in Memphis, Tennessee.” Some faith leaders called on Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act while others counseled against watching the graphic video of Nichols’ beating. Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, said in a statement, “While we grieve, we cannot give in or give up. Just throwing up our hands in despair is not an option lest we leave a brother, a sister, a sibling on the side of the road again. No, let more Good Samaritans arise so that Tyre Nichols’ death will not be in vain.”

Read at Religion News Service