Unchecked Power and Police Brutality: The Tyre Nichols Case
Tyre Nichols was killed by five police officers in Memphis, bringing police brutality back into the national spotlight.
The officers were part of a now-disbanded special unit meant to focus on violent street crimes.
Video footage showed Nichols crying out for help and his mother as the officers beat him.
The five officers have been charged with murder, and others who stood by without intervening have been suspended.
The death of Tyre Nichols has become the symbol of a movement to demand accountability for police violence.
The death of George Floyd in 2020 galvanized this movement.
The cloak of impunity that allows police brutality to occur has yet to be fully penetrated.
The quick prosecution of the accused officers must be commended.
The unchecked power of the police is the root of the problem and can only be reined in through constitutional and statutory safeguards, strong oversight, and a social attitude that will not tolerate crime, even when committed by those in uniform.