Cliff Albright and LaTosha Brown, Co-Founders of Black Voters Matter and April England-Albright, Legal Director of Black Voters Matter issued this statement following the release of body cam footage of the beating of Tyre Nichols by Memphis Police 

“Tonight, we witnessed the brutal beating and murder of 29-year old Tyre Nichols at the hands of the Memphis Police Department.  Tyre should be here today like countless others who lost their lives to police violence and its destructive impact. Our hearts go out to the family of Tyre Nichols and we stand in solidarity with all those who fight against police brutality.

“Since the inception of this country, the brutal torture and murder of Black people has been put on display and more normalized. More recently, every year additional names become a viral hashtag, and another family and community mourns the loss of a loved one.

“Tyre’s family and community members have called for several actions, including naming all officers and public personnel who were on the scene, disbanding aggressive task forces such as the SCORPION Unit which murdered Tyre, andpassing police accountability ordinances.

“Charging the individuals who murdered Tyre is a step in the right direction, but more than individuals, an entire system is GUILTY AND MUST BE ABOLISHED.”