Multiple Memphis Police officers appear to beat Tyre Nichols. (Credit: NBC News)
After news broke that Tyre Nichols died after a violent beating by five Memphis Police officers — and let’s be honest — people of color and white people alike wondered, many aloud, how the media and the predictable protesters would frame their responses, given that Nichols and the officers were black.
Whitlock’s last point was critical. Regardless of guilt or innocence, resisting the commands of law enforcement officers, generally in charged situations, never ends well for the resister — and the police ultimately “win.” None of us will ever know what ran through Tyre Nichols’ mind — and nothing can ever excuse the brutality of those five officers — but from the moment he was jerked out of his car, he was no doubt terrified, which appeared to lead to his subsequent actions.