Tyre Nichols’ household has filed an attraction to the United Nations to hunt justice for the 29-year-old’s dying by the hands of police, and to typically tackle police violence within the U.S.
The letter to the UN, obtained by the Impartial, reads, “The household of Tyre Nichols and his authorized representatives are interesting to the United Nations Workplace of the Excessive Fee for Human Rights to request pressing motion concerning the torture and extrajudicial killing of Tyre Nichols.”
Signees embody Nichols’ mom RowVaughn Wells, the household’s legal professionals Benjamin Crump and Antonio Romanucci, and Decide Peter Herbert OBE, Chair of the Society of Black Legal professionals within the UK.
“The USA of America’s failure to appropriately reply to and tackle police violence and extrajudicial killings of individuals of African descent constitutes an abridgement of their human rights,” the letter continues.
Nichols was severely overwhelmed by a number of Memphis law enforcement officials on Jan. 7 and succumbed to his accidents three days later. Footage of the tragic incident circulated on-line, and subsequently 5 officers were arrested and charged with second-degree homicide. These 5—Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith—are Black. A sixth officer, Preston Hemphill, who’s white, was relieved of duty however hasn’t been charged. He’s additionally being investigated for his function within the assault. Moreover, a seventh officer was concerned however hasn’t but been named.
The Nichols’ letter to the UN encompasses 11 calls for, together with urging the Memphis Police Division to share the identification of the seventh officer, imposing all legislation enforcement to put on physique cameras, and pushing for video footage and audio recordings to be launched following police killings.
On Friday, Yvonne Mokgoro, Chairperson to the UN Human Rights Council, additionally addressed police violence following the devastating deaths of Nichols and Keenan Anderson.
“The brutal deaths of Keenan Anderson and Tyre Nichols are extra reminders of the urgency to behave,” Mokgoro stated. “We’ll interact with the Authorities and all related stakeholders to make sure that police brutality is addressed with willpower and that victims and their households get hold of justice.”
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