The family of Tyre Nichols and their attorneys are taking their fight for justice to the international stage. They sent a letter to the United Nations demanding change in MPD and law enforcement agencies nationwide Friday.
Attorneys for Nichols’ family released the following statement:
“Today, we filed an Urgent Appeal before the United Nations asking it to condemn the tragic killing of Tyre Nichols, to demand transparency from the police department, and to demand that Officer Preston Hemphill and all officers that participated in the incident are criminally charged. The video evidence shows that all who were involved in Tyre’s death committed reprehensible acts that require international condemnation.”
In the letter obtained by FOX13, the appeal requests urgent action for the “torture and extrajudicial killing” of Nichols that occurred on Jan. 7 and caused his death three days later.
The letter, addressed to the UN High Commission for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland describes Tyre Nichols’ death as being part of a larger pattern of police brutality around the country. It compares his death to those of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
Nichols’ family and their attorneys believe that former MPD officer Preston Hemphill was not criminally charged because of his race, according to the letter.
The family is asking for the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office to arrest and criminally charge Hemphill for his role in Nichols’ death.
In addition to justice, they are asking for changes at the Memphis Police Department, and the US “long pattern and practice of lethal police violence” against Blacks.
“I’m not surprised,” Bennie Cobb, veteran of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement expert, said. “The egregious nature of this incident, this murder, this assault by the gang in blue; I see the attorney and the family