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By request, for people who wish to discuss the release of the video footage of the brutal lynching of Tyre Nichols:

Officials in Memphis, Tennessee, released dramatic body camera footage Friday of the fatal confrontation between Tyre Nichols and five police officers.

Nichols can be heard screaming “mom” several times during the gut-wrenching clips, which appear to show officers beating and pepper-spraying him after he ran from a traffic stop arrest.

Nichols died at the age of 29 on Jan. 10, three days after the violent confrontation.

The five Memphis Police Department officers involved in his arrest — Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith — were fired and then charged with second-degree murder in connection with Nichols’ death.

A lot of necessary reforms to policing are a very heavy political lift. But disbanding (or, better yet, not creating!) paramilitary units with threatening names within police departments — this one started in 2021 — is one that really should be doable:

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