‘Acts that defy humanity:’ 3 essential reads on police brutality, race and the power of video evidence

BY HOWARD MANLY, CLARE CARBOULD, NATASHA N. JOHNSON, SANDRA RISTOVSKA    AND THADDEUS L. JOHNSON In the case of the five Black, former Memphis police officers accused of murder in the beating death of Tyre Nichols, justice has moved quickly. In fewer than 30 days after Nichols’ Jan. 10, 2023 death, the former officers were charged with second-degree murder, assault, kidnapping, official misconduct and official oppression. The Memphis Police Department released video footage of the officers’ encounter with Nichols on Jan. 27, 2023. And some who’ve seen the video, which includes footage captured by body-worn cameras, cameras mounted on dashboards of police vehicles and security cameras on utility poles in the vicinity, have described it as “horrific.” Before the video was released Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis told CNN : “You are going to see acts that defy humanity.” In recent years, as national outrage over the systemic racism within U.S. law enforcement has grown, The Conversati

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