CHICAGO — As protests and rallies take place around the country after the fatal police beating of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Chicagoland area advocates have taken the opportunity to push for police accountability and better support resources for officers’ mental health.
“The police that attacked Tyre Nichols in Memphis should have known better. One out of the five should have stepped up and said no, we cannot do this,” said Tio Hardeman of Violence Interrupters. “Where was that sense of humanity? We’re not against the police department, we’re against excessive force and police brutality. The police have to step up and provide more anger management and emotional support for officers nationwide.”
Dozens of protestors took to Federal Plaza in the Loop Monday evening to rally in support of change being made to law enforcement around the country, and for the emergency personnel involved in Tyre Nichols death to be held accountable.
“We know there were nearly 25 people on that scene, including deputies from the sheriff’s department and those from the Memphis fire department,” said Bishop Travis Grant of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “They should be terminated and indicted as well. We will not take half justice on this, we want it all.”