Tyre Nichols: Family attorney Ben Crump calls for federal reform to stop police killings

Five former Memphis police officers face murder charges over the death of the 29-year-old

Graeme Massie
Los Angeles
Sunday 29 January 2023 20:42 GMT

Attorney Ben Crump calls for federal reform to end police brutality

The lawyer representing the family of Tyre Nichols has called for Congress to pass police reform in the wake of the fatal arrest.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump told ABC News that RowVaughn Wells, the mother of the 29-year-old who died three days after his brutal arrest in Memphis, hoped her son’s death would lead to a “greater good” coming from it.

“It’s still very emotional. His mother is having problems sleeping. But she continues to pray with the understanding, as she believes in her heart, Tyre was sent here for an assignment and that there’s going to be greater good that comes from this tragedy,” Mr Crump said on Sunday’s This Week programme.

And Mr Crump said that the family want to “have the House also push efforts to get police reform because without federal police reform, I think we’re going to continue to see these hashtags proliferate so much…that we can’t keep up with them.”

Mr Crump also addressed the fact that the five officers charged with murder are all Black.

“You know, as I’ve said, I believe it’s part of the institutionalized police culture that makes it somehow allowed that they can use this type of excessive force and brutality against people of color. And it doesn’t matter if the officers are black, Hispanic, or white, it’s part of the culture, this biased culture that said this is allowed,” he said.

“And so just as much as those officers are responsible for the death of Tyre Nichols, so is the implicit, biased police culture that exists in America.”

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