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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Police issued a statement tonight after the release of the video showing five former members of the Memphis Police Department with the late Tyre Nichols, 29.

“The women and men of the Framingham Police Department are deeply troubled, disturbed, and disgusted by the released video involving Tyre Nichols and five former members of the Memphis Police Department. We stand with our community and the nation denouncing the brutality suffered by Mr. Nichols. The actions of the defendants defies humanity,” said Framingham Police on Twitter.

“The Officers of the Framingham Police Department are committed to building trust and strengthening community relationships. We extend our deepest condolences to Tyre Nichols family, friends, colleagues and community,” said Framingham Police on social media.

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Memphis officials tonight, January 27, released video which show the five former black Memphis police officers beating Tyre Nichols after a traffic stop on January 7.

The Black man was hospitalized and died 3 days later from those injuries.

Four videos were released showing body cam footage from the officers and street cameras.

The four videos released by the Memphis Police Department include video from surveillance and body worn cameras. 

Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis, has described the conduct captured in the disturbing and graphic video as “heinous, reckless and inhumane.”

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President Joe Biden said in a statement yesterday, January 26, that Nichols’ family deserves a “swift, full, and transparent investigation.”

“We face another tragic moment in our country. What we see today will cause tremendous pain, for Tyre Nichols’ family, for Memphis, and for Black people forced to relive generational trauma caused by police brutality.   While true justice would mean Tyre Nichols being here with his loved ones, the swift action taken by the Memphis Police Chief and prosecutors demonstrates the essential accountability and oversight we need and what families deserve,” said Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey, in a statement.   

“Tyre Nichols was a father, a son, a friend, a community member and a human being. I am deeply saddened and emotionally overwhelmed by the brutal and savage beating ending in the murder of Tyre. I am sad for his loved ones, including his parents and daughter, friends, the Memphis community – all of us.  I did not need to see another video to know that there remains tremendous work to do to address corruption, police brutality and racial injustice in this country and in Massachusetts. While I applaud the immediate firing and indictment of the officers involved, I also recognize that our society has begun to normalize these violent acts and as long as we continue to do that, we will issue statements and then move on,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell, in a statement. 

Five officers involved in the case — Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith — were fired last week after an administrative investigation found they violated department policy on use of force.

On Thursday, the fired officers were charged with second-degree murder, two counts of official misconduct, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, one count of official oppression and one count of aggravated assault.

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“Tyre’s death is a painful reminder that we must do more to ensure that our criminal justice system lives up to the promise of fair and impartial justice, equal treatment, and dignity for all,” said the President.

All five posting bond, and were released. Bean, Mills and Smith posted $250,000 bond and Haley and Martin posted $350,000 bond. 

“As the chief law enforcement officer of the Commonwealth, I will not move on. Each of these cases breaks the heart of mothers, communities especially the Black community. This persistent trauma destroys our young people and families. While I believe in accountability, and holding all five Black officers fully accountable, the direct and active participation of Black officers adds an additional layer of pain for the community, said Mass AG Campbell. “With this deep understanding that people are suffering, I know that praying and issuing a statement are not enough. The Attorney General’s office will do everything in its power to tackle racial injustice, public corruption, hate and brutality.”

“What happened in Memphis is a betrayal of our basic humanity. We value the dignity and worth of every member of our Black and Brown communities, every person in Massachusetts. Now is a time across this Commonwealth for us to communicate with honesty and understanding, and to show care, empathy and love. We will be guided by our continued conversations with faith leaders and community members, and we will commit to the work we need to do as a nation, and as a state, to address systemic profiling and racism, and protect basic human rights,” said Gov. Healey in a statement.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.