(RightIsRight.co) – Former President Donald Trump decried the brutal beating of Tyre Nichols at the hands of five police officers in Memphis, Tennessee, which led to Nichols’ death.
The authorities released video footage of Tyre Nichols’ beating on Friday.
Over the weekend, Trump reacted in an interview with the Associated Press by saying the killing “never should have happened.”
“I thought it was terrible. He was in such trouble. He was just being pummeled. Now that should never have happened,” Trump stated, as cited by Newsmax.
29-year-old Tyre Nichols was stopped and tackled by the Memphis police on January 7 and died three days later of his injuries.
Nichols, a black man, was severely beaten by five officers, all of them also black.
The video made public by the authorities showed that he was held down by the police officers for three minutes, with the officers using their boots, fists, and batons.
In the footage, the police officers can be heard yelling profanities at Nichols while he was screaming for his mother.
“That was really the point that got me the most, to be honest with you,” Trump said, describing it as “a very sad moment.”
All five officers of the Memphis Police Department involved in the incident have been fired and charged with murder and other offenses.
The lawyers of the Nichols family compared the case to the police beating of motorist Rodney King in Los Angeles in 1991.
However, the incident has also reminded the public of the May 2020 death of George Floyd, a black man, at the hands of four police officers, three whites and one Asian.
In his interview, former President Trump said the Memphis Police Department had reacted to Tyre Nichols’ killing with a “strong step” by eliminating the police unit whose officers took part in the attack.
The unit in question had been formed to target violent criminals in areas with high crime rates.
“Look, the tape was perhaps not totally conclusive but, to me, it was pretty conclusive and it was vicious and violent and hard to believe — over a traffic violation,” Trump commented.
The 45th President of the United States condemned the killing of Tyre Nichols.
Newsmax pointed out in its report that the new police killing case has “renewed questions” about why “fatal encounters with law enforcement” were still happening even after the nationwide scrutiny of policing after the killing of George Floyd almost three years ago.
Former President Donald Trump on Saturday said the footage of the brutal beating of Tyre Nichols by five Memphis police officers is “horrible” and that the attack “never should have happened.” https://t.co/GseS5nyTND pic.twitter.com/wt0gyVI2Vn
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) January 29, 2023