LULAC SAYS TYRE NICHOLS VIDEO DEMANDS GOOD COPS STOP BAD COPS WHEN THEY SEE ABUSE OF POWER AGAINST CIVILIANS
January 28, 2023
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Nation's Largest and Oldest Latino Civil Rights Organization Calls for the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice to Begin A New Era of Police Training To Stop Police Abusive Violence
Washington, DC - The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) issued the following statement in the wake of the video released by the Memphis, Tennessee Police Department in the death of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols. The video was made public after five black police officers were fired and charged with murder for the fatal beating captured on camera. Nichols died several days later. (Warning: The video images are graphic and disturbing.)
"LULAC stands with the family of Tyre Nichols in calling for peaceful and non-violent demonstrations for justice," says Domingo García, LULAC National President. "As important, we say to every good police officer out there, who we believe are the majority, when you see a bad cop committing abuse of power in the field, intervene and stop them. Report them! To police chiefs, LULAC says, take this as a wake-up call and step up your training in the academies to better teach officers how to de-escalate incidents involving your force. Also, move to remove officers with histories of misconduct,” he adds.
Garcia says LULAC will ask the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice to implement new law enforcement standards and make local police anti-abuse training a national priority. "America has no room for beatings or killings of civilians at the hands of bad cops wearing a badge. These incidents cannot be the new normal of law enforcement in our country. LULAC will not tolerate it," said Garcia.