A video of Tire Nichols “living his best life” has gone viral. As mourners try to drown out “harrowing” footage of his father’s fatal beating at the hands of Memphis police.
The nearly two-minute clip shows Nichols, 29, happily skateboarding.
“By posting this video of #TyreNichols practicing his craft, I wanted to tell the dead #DIGNITY4BlackBodies he deserves in life. Mai Perkins tweeted on Friday morning.
“I knew once Body Cam was released, the possibility of wiping those images from our minds would be impossible.
“I want to expand this video of Tyre living his best life.”
The clip had been viewed more than 6.6 million times as of Saturday night.
In it, Nichols can be seen trying different tricks like ollies and grinds and slides.
Despite failing on several attempts, Nichols is shown in the video to get back on the board and try again.
In an interview with Al Sharpton on MSNBC on Saturday, Nichols’ mother Law Vaughan Wells said her son “loves to skateboard” and “loves watching the sunset.”
Podcaster, attorney and community organizer Kamala Williams said she shared the video because she wanted to “show tires living in joy and peace.”
“I saw it and was like, ‘Wow, this is what we all had,'” Williams told an insider.
“We enjoy the sunset, we cut trees, we garden, we do something that might not be noticeable in the larger plans of life, we do something that makes us happy. There was a moment, but it’s remarkable in that respect.It gave us peace.It just felt so beautiful to capture and share.”
Nichols was known for his passion for skateboarding. He said his family started his hobby while living in Sacramento, California, where they lived before moving to Memphis.
Some of his friends wore “skate in peace” t-shirts to his recent memorial service.
Shortly before his death, Nichols’ father, Rodney Wells, told his son to put down his skateboard.
On Friday, Memphis police released body camera footage of the brutal assault in which Nichols was fatally injured.
Nearly an hour of footage shows five officers punching, kicking, pepper spraying, tasing and verbally assaulting Nichols during a routine traffic stop. It is reflected.
The FedEx employee repeatedly insisted he was “doing nothing,” and police yelled at him and forced him into the group.
“Mama!” he yelled repeatedly during the attack.
He was seriously injured and died three days later in hospital.
Five police officers, Tadarius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmit Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith, have been charged with murder, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, obstruction of justice, and coercion of officers. indicted. degree of murder.
They were fired from the department last week after an internal investigation found them to have used excessive force and neglected their duty to intervene and provide assistance.
The release of disturbing footage of Nichols’ assault sparked nationwide protests on Friday that were largely peaceful, but protests in New York City saw one man trample the windshield of a police car. Three people were arrested, including