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Donald Trump Reacts to the Killing of Tyre Nichols: "It Never Should Have Happened"


Donald Trump has reacted to the gruesome assault and murder of Tyre Nichols.

Former U.S. President, Donald Trump, called the video of Tyre Nichols' brutal beating by five Memphis police officers "horrible" and said the attack "never should have occurred."

Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old black man, was brutally beaten by five Memphis Police Department (MPD) officers on January 7, 2023, while they were conducting a traffic stop. Nichols was taken to the hospital and later passed away three days later.

And there were protests as numerous demonstrators in their hundreds marched through the streets of Oakland California while chanting and calling for justice over the assault and killing of Tyre Nichols by Memphis Police officers.

In an interview with The Associated Press after authorities released footage of the assault on Nichols, Trump said, "I thought it was terrible. He was in such trouble. He was just being pummeled. Now that should never have happened."

The remarks were notable for Trump, who is contesting for president once again and has a record of advocating for harsh treatment of people detained by the police. He was in office when racial justice demonstrations began in the summer of 2020 in response to the Minneapolis police shooting that resulted in the death of George Floyd.

He issued an executive order at the time encouraging better police practices, but some have criticized him for doing so without addressing what they see as systemic racial bias in policing.

Police in Memphis were seen holding Nichols down and beating him with their fists, boots, and batons for three minutes in the recently released violent video. In the video, Nichols can be heard screaming for his mother as police yell obscenities at him. It was "a very sad moment," according to Trump, when Nichols called out for his mother.

Trump said, "That was really the point that got me the most, to be honest with you."

However, Trump did not mention the video in his speeches during his presidential campaign stops in South Carolina and New Hampshire in 2024.

Meanwhile, the five former officers of the Memphis Police Department have been fired and are now being investigated for murder and other offenses.

Trump praised Memphis Police for their "strong step" in disbanding the attack-related police unit, which was established to go after violent criminals in high-crime areas.

He said, "Look, the tape was perhaps not totally conclusive, but, to me, it was pretty conclusive, and it was vicious and violent and hard to believe — over a traffic violation."

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