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Advancement Project Responds to Reports Of Memphis Police Officers Charged Over Tyre Nichols Killing

Leading Racial Justice Organization Calls for World Where Black People Are Free

WASHINGTON, DC —  In response to reports that five former Memphis police officers are charged with the murder and kidnapping of Tyre Nichols, Judith Browne Dianis, executive director of Advancement Project released this statement:

“Today, three weeks after Tyre Nichols’ brutal killing, it was announced that five former Memphis police officers were indicted on charges including murder and kidnapping. While it is rare to see cops face any accountability for their actions, this is hardly a victory. Nothing can bring back Tyre Nichols or ease the pain and anguish of his family. 

“Across the country, police departments routinely use excessive force and in many cases, murder Black people, especially during traffic stops. These killings are horrific and unacceptable. 

“No one should have to live under the constant threat of police violence as they move through everyday life. Driving a car and being stopped by police should not result in losing one’s life. It is clear that the racial disparities and serious harm of traffic stops do not contribute to public safety. 

“We grieve alongside Nichols’ family and loved ones. For Black people to be free, we must transform the systems that have our communities under siege and instead create a world where public safety does not involve police, starting with removing police from traffic enforcement.”

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Advancement Project is a next-generation, multi-racial civil rights organization. Rooted in the great human rights struggles for equality and justice, they exist to fulfill America’s promise of a caring, inclusive, and just democracy. They use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high-impact policy change. Learn more about Advancement Project here.


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