President Biden, VP, local law enforcement agencies respond to Tyre Nichols’ death

A portrait of Tyre Nichols is displayed at a memorial service for him on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023 in Memphis, Tenn. Nichols was killed during a traffic stop with Memphis Police on Jan. 7. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz) (Adrian Sainz)

The president, vice president, governor, and local law enforcement agencies have released statements in response to the videos released Friday of the Memphis incident involving Tyre Nichols.

“Like so many, I was outraged and deeply pained to see the horrific video of the beating that resulted in Tyre Nichols’ death,” President Biden said.

On Friday evening, Memphis officials released videos of the incident that led to the death of Tyre Nichols.

“The footage that was released this evening will leave people justifiably outraged,” Biden continued. “Those who seek justice should not to resort to violence or destruction.”

[MORE: Memphis authorities release video in Tyre Nichols’ death]

The incident happened on Jan. 7 when Tyre Nichols was pulled over for an alleged traffic violation after photographing a sunset, according to accounts his family would give later, the AP reported.

Over two weeks later, five officers involved in the incident were fired after an internal investigation found they used excessive force, failed to intervene, and failed to render aid, AP reports. They are identified as Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith. All five are Black.

The videos emerged one day after the officers were charged with murder in Nichols’ death. If you wish to view the videos, which contain graphic content and language, you can do so by clicking here.

President Biden, Vice President Harris, Governor Youngkin, and Blacksburg Police have all released statements on the incident, which you can read in full below.

President Biden

Vice President Harris

Governor Glenn Youngkin

Blacksburg Police Department

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