Spanberger Statement on Released Footage of Tyre Nichols’s Murder in Memphis
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger tonight issued the following statement after video of Tyre Nichols’s arrest by Memphis Police was released.
“Words cannot express this horror we have all now witnessed on video — the sickening footage of the arrest, brutal beating, and horrific murder of Tyre Nichols by sworn officers of the law. We watched as Mr. Nichols was tased, pepper sprayed, and viciously beaten. We heard this young man scream out for his mother. We watched as officers did not relent for three excruciating minutes.
“I’m devastated for the family of Tyre Nichols. His loved ones, residents of Memphis, and Americans across the country with questions of their own are still missing so much information. What’s needed right now is a transparent and thorough investigation.
“As we demand justice for Tyre Nichols, I thank Chief Davis of the Memphis Police Department for her decisive action in terminating these officers and for her transparency throughout this investigation. I will be following closely as Shelby County District Attorney Mulroy builds his case, having just charged the five officers involved in this egregious murder. In the days and weeks ahead, I join the people of Virginia’s Seventh District and Americans across the country in expecting justice, peace, and accountability. And I pray for peace in his parents’ hearts as they grapple with the loss of their son.”