Tire Nichols’ mother said lawmakers would have “blood on their hands” if they failed to pass a bill limiting immunity for US police officers.
Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris Prominent civil rights activist Rev Al Sharpton urges Congress to pass George Floyd justice bill mr nichols’ A funeral in Memphis on Thursday.
“We need to pass this bill,” said Row Vaughn Wells, the mother of the 29-year-old who died three days after being beaten by police. “The next kid who dies, they’re going to have blood on their hands.”
She paid tribute to her son, saying: “Tyl was a beautiful man and it was unthinkable for this to happen to him.
“The only thing that keeps me going is that my son was sent here by the command of God. I think now his mission is complete and he has been brought home.”
Mr Nichols’ siblings also paid tribute to their brother. “He was robbed of his life, his passion and his talents, but not his brilliance,” said his sister.
When she heard the news, she said, “I lost my faith and I cried and I screamed at God how he could let this happen”.
“When those monsters killed my little brother my cries turned to anger and my anger turned to deep sadness. They broke my heart completely.
“My family will never be the same and I will always love my little brother.”
After being invited to the pulpit by Reverend Sharpton, Ms Harris said: “Let our memory of Till light the way to peace and justice.”
Ms Harris praised the “courage and strength” of the Tyre Nichols family.
“We mourn with you, and the people of this country mourn with you.
“Mothers all over the world hold their baby at birth and pray to God that his body and life will be safe for the rest of his life.
“And yet we have a mother and a father grieving the life of a young man who should be here today.
“They have a grandson who is now fatherless. His siblings will lose the love of growing old with their little brother.
“When we look at this situation, this is a family that has lost a son and a brother who have had violence at their hands and feet who should have been responsible for keeping them safe,” she said.
“Isn’t he also entitled to safety?”
Reverend Sharpton criticizes police officers who beat Tyre Nichols.
Recalling the death of Martin Luther King Jr. fighting for the rights of black workers in Memphis 55 years ago, he asked, “What happened to dreamers in a city where they slaughtered dreamers?”
“Five black men who won’t get a job in the police department…in the city where Dr. King lost his life, not far from that balcony, you beat a brother to death.
“It couldn’t have been more insulting and offensive. You didn’t enter the police station alone. People had to march and go to jail, some even gave their lives to open the gates for you.
“How dare you act like that sacrifice was in vain,” he said.
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Families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, killed by police in 2020, and Oscar-winning director Spike Lee among hundreds at church mourners.
The funeral was held at Mississippi Avenue Christian Church in Memphis, and the church’s celebratory choir sang “We Love You Thiel” as mourners entered.
Mourners were shown photos taken by Mr Nichols, of him as a child and his beloved skateboarding hobby, along with a quote from the 29-year-old: “My vision is to give my audience an insight into what I am doing through My eyes see things and see things through my lenses.”
A bouquet of white flowers hung on Mr Nichols’ black coffin, alongside portraits and slogans of Martin Luther King Jr. and other prominent figures.
Tire Nichols’ death calls for change, but remains suffocated by policing politics
Tire Nichols is not alone.
At his funeral, they read a list of those killed by police brutality.
Relatives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others have come to meet the family of the latest victim and mourn the loss as they know it.
Inside the church, the past meets the present to make peace and work for change in the future.
The voice of Thiel’s mother, Row Vaughn, has been weakened by weeks of torment – yet the words of a grieving mother are the most powerful.
She spoke about politics and the so-called George Floyd policing justice. In this Memphis church, she is preaching to converts.
No one here doubts the need for change, and after Tyr’s death the congregation will feel the momentum for change.
But amidst hope, why look forward to it? In fact, it may be on the same shelf as the George Floyd bill aimed at reform.
The legislation, introduced in 2021 following the 2020 killing of Mr Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, seeks to limit police misconduct, racism and excessive use of force.
Given the victim’s history, you might think it would be easy so far. But the bill received a political buffer in the Senate after Republicans opposed it, arguing that it was flawed and would cripple officers’ ability to do their tough job.
The Republican reluctance has been reinforced by the lobbying power of police unions, which have long enjoyed powerful influence in Congress.
While Tire Nichols’ death is a call for change, it remains suffocated by policing politics.
Tiffany Rachal, the mother of Jalen Randle, 29, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Houston in 2022, dedicated a song to Mr Nichols’ family Song, she said: “I pray God heals your broken heart. We fight together.
“All mothers around the world need to unite to stop this,” she said.
For Americans who are no strangers to videos of police violence, the deadly attack was harrowing.
‘I won’t stop’ fighting for justice, says Tire Nichols’ mother
After being pulled over at a traffic stop on Jan. 7, Mr. Nichols was punched, kicked and beaten with batons by several Memphis police officers.
So far, five officers have been charged with second-degree murder and fired, while two others have been suspended.
Memphis Fire Department also Three employees fired following investigation It was discovered that Mr Nichols had not received medical attention for nearly 15 minutes after the attack.
Protests erupted in several US cities after footage of the attack was released.