Activists link death of Tyre Nichols to ‘cowboy’ police culture

As the family of Tyre Nichols held funeral services for the 29-year-old on Wednesday, community groups in the United States city of Memphis, Tennessee, are denouncing the police violence and lack of accountability they believe led to his death.

Nichols, a FedEx employee, skateboarder and father of a four-year-old son, was allegedly pulled over for reckless driving on January 7. Body-camera footage shows police approaching Nichols’s vehicle with weapons drawn, opening his door and yanking him from the driver’s seat.

After Nichols attempted to flee, police beat him, kicking and punching him as he lay near the curb of a suburban street. Nichols died three days later in the hospital.

US Vice President Kamala Harris was among the mourners at his funeral on Wednesday, along with Reverend Al Sharpton, who delivered the eulogy. Family members of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, two Black people killed in acts of police violence, were also in attendance.

Al Jazeera’s Gabriel Elizondo reports from the US city of Memphis, Tennessee.

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