After the release of the gruesome video of Tyre Nichols' arrest in Memphis, New Yorkers gathered at Times Square Friday evening to call for justice.
Party for Socialism and Liberation members, who organized the protest, are calling police brutality an epidemic in this country and demand that the officers involved are held accountable for the killing of yet another Black man.
Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man, died three days after a confrontation with Memphis police officers in January. The five officers, who are all Black, were charged with second-degree murder and other crimes on Thursday.
According to police, three people were arrested for damaging a police vehicle. @datainput on Twitter captured video of an arrest after someone smashed the windshield of an NYPD police car.
ARREST AFTER NYPD WINDSHIELD SMASHED IN TIMES SQUARE— DataInput (@datainput) January 28, 2023
Protest after release of bodycam footage showing police assault of Tyre Nichols. Started at Union Square, Manhattan, NYC, Friday, January 27, 2023.
Black Lives Matter Greater New York and Black Opportunity @protest_nyc pic.twitter.com/8TDx0xaNx9
In a statement, President Joe Biden said he is heartbroken for Nichols family.
“We must do everything in our power to ensure our criminal justice system lives up to the promise of fair and impartial justice, equal treatment, and dignity for all,” Biden said. “Real and lasting change will only come if we take action to prevent tragedies like this from ever happening again.”
Patrick Lynch, the president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association of the City of New York, called the incident “a brutal crime” in a statement.
“That was not policing. It was a brutal crime,” Lynch said.
Earlier Friday, Mayor Eric Adams called for a peaceful protest from New Yorkers amid the video’s release.
“My message to New Yorkers is to respect the wishes of Tyre’s mother. If you need to express your anger and outrage, do so peacefully,” Adams said.