A Democratic congressman deleted a tweet posted overdue Friday that described the killing of Tyre Nichols on account of “white supremacy” — despite the fact that all the law enforcement officials charged relating to his dying are Black.
“Doesn’t matter what color those police officers are,” Rep. Maxwell Frost, D-Fla., tweeted on Friday night.
“The murder of Tyre Nichols is anti-Black and the result of white supremacy,” he added.
The tweet was once later deleted.
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The tweet had come in a while after the discharge of 4 movies from the Jan. 7 visitors forestall that preceded the dying of Tyre Nichols, who spent 3 days within the health center earlier than succumbing to his accidents, in keeping with government.
The brutal come across ended in the firing of 5 Memphis law enforcement officials, who now face a large number of fees, together with homicide. Hours after the dept launched the movies, Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner Jr. introduced that he was once relieving two deputies of responsibility and launching an inner investigation of his personal.
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The pictures, taken from frame cameras in addition to a close-by side road digicam, displays Nichols making an attempt to escape from the officials, who chase him down, tase him, many times curse at him, punch and kick him, spray him with pepper spray and go away him bloodied and dazed.
Frost’s tweet was once one in every of plenty of makes an attempt to give the dying of Nichols as a racial factor.
“If you think the Memphis police officers had to be white in order to exhibit anti-Blackness, you need to take that AP African American Studies course [Florida Gov.] Ron DeSantis just banned,” Former Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-NY, tweeted.
“Yes, the police officers who brutally murdered him must be held accountable. But even their conviction on the strongest possible charges cannot bring Tyre back. We must do everything in our power to end police violence against people of color,” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., mentioned.
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Meanwhile, CNN commentator Van Jones tried to make the case that the previous Memphis law enforcement officials chargeable for the dying of Nichols “still might have been driven by racism.”
“From the King beating to the murder nearly three years ago of George Floyd, American society has often focused on the race of the officers — so often White — as a factor in their deplorable acts of violence,” Jones wrote. “But the narrative ‘White cop kills unarmed Black man’ should never have been the sole lens through which we attempted to understand police abuse and misconduct. It’s time to move to a more nuanced discussion of the way police violence endangers Black lives.”
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“At the end of the day, it is the race of the victim who is brutalized — not the race of the violent cop — that is most relevant in determining whether racial bias is a factor in police violence. It’s hard to imagine five cops of any color beating a White person to death under similar circumstances. And it is almost impossible to imagine five Black cops giving a White arrestee the kind of beat-down that Nichols allegedly received,” Jones mentioned.
Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn and Michael Ruiz contributed to this document.