Bridgeport organizers plan 'peaceful gathering' following video release of Tyre Nichols' fatal beating

Organizers tell News 12 they are still coordinating the event but want to hold it in the afternoon after church services, so as many people as possible can attend.

News 12 Staff

Jan 28, 2023, 5:37 PM

Updated 513 days ago


A group of Bridgeport residents are planning to hold a "peaceful gathering" on Sunday in memory of Tyre Nichols, who was fatally beaten by police officers in Memphis earlier this month.
They say they are disgusted by the images and video of the fatal beating of Nichols by Memphis police officers.
"These men were evil, so they shouldn't have a badge anywhere; it's a double-edged sword," says Wayne Winston.
"I saw it on the TV when it first happened," says Emeline Cabral. "And I said, Lord, there's another mother's heart bleeding."
Organizers say they are also upset that all five officers involved are Black.
"You know, I don't want people to be quiet now because these are officers of color," says Joe Grits-Thompson. "It should be the same uproar."
Harvard law scholar Donald Smart called it “nothing short of an American tragedy."
"We must find a way for law enforcement and the community to have empathy for one another," he said.
Organizers tell News 12 the gathering will take place at 110 Claermont Ave. at noon.

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