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Jan 7-Tyre Nichols' family to gather for vigil 1 year after police brutally beat him
Jan 05

By ADRIAN SAINZ Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Tyre Nichols' loved ones are set to gather in remembrance at the site where police fatally beat the Black man one year ago. They will meet Sunday night at the place where police cameras captured Nichols' beating after a traffic stop on Jan. 7, 2022. The 29-year-old skateboarder and amateur photographer died three days later in a hospital. Nichols' beating was one in a string of instances of police violence toward Black people that sparked protests and renewed debate about police brutality and the need for police reform in the U.S. Nichols' death also led to serious repercussions for the Memphis Police Department and the city.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - One year ago, Tyre Nichols was driving home to have dinner with his family when he was pulled over by Memphis police who claimed the Black man was driving recklessly and yanked him out of his car.

Officers hit him with a stun gun and pepper sprayed him, but he managed to get away and tried to run home. Five officers caught up with him just steps from his house, and, as he called out for his mother, they kicked him, punched him and hit him with a police baton. The attack was captured on the officers' body cameras and a stationary police pole camera.

Nichols died in a hospital of his injuries three days later on Jan. 10, 2023. His death shook Memphis to its core and led to impassioned protests throughout the U.S. On Sunday night, Nichols' family members and their supporters will gather near the location of the beating to remember the life of the skateboarding aficionado and amateur photographer who was taken from them at the age of 29.

"What happened on Jan. 7, 2023, was an unspeakable and inhumane tragedy that needlessly took the life of a gentle and peaceful person who was loved by so many," said a statement released by Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci, lawyers for the Nichols family.

Nichols' beating was one in a string of instances of police violence against Black people that sparked protests and renewed debate about police brutality and the need for police reform in the U. By The Associated Press, Copyright 2023