January 28, 2023 MANHATTAN, New York – Hundreds marched through New York City streets for a second night in a row to meet the call for nationwide protests following the death of Tyre Nichols.
Tyre Nichols was brutally beaten by police in Memphis resulting in his death. On Friday evening the city released body camera footage of Nichols’ death causing nationwide outrage.
Protesters met at Washington Square Park and took to the streets, marching to the red stairs in Times Square for speeches and chants.
On January 27th, Friday night, groups have gathered across New York City this evening as tape was released showing a brutal beating of Tyre Nichols by five policeman that resulted in his death.
Multiple people were arrested in Times Square as a protester jumps on a cop car, smashing in window.
Hawk Newsom, Black Opts and Uptown Revolutionaries gathered in Union Square to demand changes.
“What do we want – Justice – if we don’t get it – Burn it down!” group chanted led by Chivona Newsome.
“Fuck peace, fuck peace! Where they being peaceful when they were stomping on brother Nichols head?” Hawk Newsom of Greater NY BLM and Black Opts spoke to the crowd.
“The only way we get ahead is through Unity. But I’m not talking about that kumbaya type of unity. We talk about if you fuck with us? We Fuck Shit Up type of unity” – Hawk Newsom speaking at Union Square protest in New York City
Activists and locals gathered in Times Square to protest and call for changes.
Memphis authorities released videos, showing five police officers beating Tyre Nichols, a Black man who later died in Memphis, Tennessee.
NYC Mayor Adams called for protests to remain peaceful – “Respect the wishes of #TyreNichols mother. If you need to express your anger and outrage – do so peacefully” – NYC Mayor addresses New Yorkers ahead of protests for Tyre Nichols,
“My message to the NYPD has been and will be – exercise restraint”
Multiple protests have been called across NYC and other cities in the US.
“These officers were found to be directly responsible for the physical abuse of Mr Nicols” Memphis police chief released statement on Tyre Nichols death – “This is a failing of basic humanity toward another individual. This incident was heinous, reckless, and inhumane;”
“While we understand, appreciate, and share the high emotional charge of this tragedy, our Department will never tolerate violence, willful destruction, or any other criminality” Statement from NYPD Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell
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