VP Kamala Harris, Rev. Al Sharpton and family honor Tyre Nichols at his funeral – FOX13 News Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Tire Nichols, who died on January 10, 2023, three days after five former Memphis police officers were caught on camera beating a 29-year-old at the intersection of Ross Road and Raines Road, he was honored by family and dignitaries at his funeral service on February 1.

Nichols’ funeral was held at the Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis, Tennessee.

Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr., and Justin Smith, five former Memphis police officers who MPD says were seen beating Nichols in the video, have all been charged with two counts of aggravated assault. official evil, official number one. oppression, one count of second degree murder, one count of aggravated assault and two counts of aggravated kidnapping.


“For this to happen to him is unimaginable,” said Row Vaughn Wells, Nichols’ mother.

Nichols was buried Wednesday at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis.

“I promise you the only thing that bothers me is that I believe that my son was sent here with an assignment from God,” said Wells.

Nichols’ mother, brother and siblings spoke at the funeral.

Rodney Wells, Nichols’ father, said: “We are desperate to get justice for all the families there, not just ours.

Pastor Al Sharpton praised Nichols.

“Let’s get rid of qualified immunity and see if they learn the same methods that they have on the white side of town,” Reverend Sharpton said. “‘Okay pastor, you don’t understand. “How are they going to keep crime low in the Black community and at the same time not be tough and tough?'” Reverend Sharpton continued. “Well, they do it the same way they do it on the white side of town and keep crime down without arrests. How do you have a department that’s like keeping crime is low on one side of town without beating people to death, but you can’t do it on the other side of town? I can’t speak for everyone here, but I, I believe that man he was white and you wouldn’t have beaten him like that, that night… In the village where Dr. King lost his life, not far from that balcony. you beat his brother to death. No “It’s disgusting and offensive to those of us who fought to open those doors, then you walk through those doors and act like the people we had to fight to get through those doors,” said Reverend Sharpton.

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Check out the services below:


The funeral of Tire Nichols was completed around 3:15 pm Wednesday.

After the service, Ben Crump and Reverend Al Sharpton held a press conference to answer questions about the investigation into Nichols’ death.


Tire Nichols’ stepfather said that when he and his wife heard of Nichols’ death, “it was surrounded by lies and deception. Check out what they had to say at their son’s funeral below:


Tire Nichols’ siblings share memories, stories and poetry in his honor:

Nichols’ older brother told the story of how Tire got its name. He said it was from the movie “Silverado”.

One of his brothers said that when he was a child, Ty, as they called him, liked to watch cartoons with a bowl of cereal.

One of her sisters said Nichols was her brother, and he was 11 years old.


Ben Crump, attorney for the family of Tire Nichols, wants justice in Nichols’ death:


Reverend Al Sharpton announced that director Spike Lee was there along with Vice President Kamala Harris before introducing the parents of Tire Nichols.


Watch Pastor Al Sharpton’s speech in full below:


At the hearing, Ben Crump, the attorney for the Nichols family, pointed out that Tamika Palmer, Breonna Taylor’s mother, was also present and said that Tire Nichols and Taylor had same birthday: June 5, 1993.

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Taylor was killed by police in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 13, 2020, during a brutal raid on his apartment.


“This is a family that lost their son and their brother to an act of violence at the hands and feet of the people who were charged with keeping them safe,” Vice President Kamala Harris said in her speech.


Vice President Kamala Harris was brought up to the stage to speak at Tire Nichols’ funeral. In what appeared to be an impromptu speech that lasted about 5 minutes, he said that if it weren’t for the “violent action” of the Memphis police, “Tyre Nichols would be with us today.”

Watch Harris’ speech below:


The Mississippi Blvd Celebration Choir continues to celebrate the life of Tire Nichols:


Dr. Reverend Keith Norman addressed those present in a speech that lasted about three minutes.

“Behold, now the house of God is among his people. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe away all tears from their eyes, and death will be no more, and there will be no more sorrow or crying or pain. These things have gone on forever and the one sitting on the throne said, “Behold, I am making everything new and he said to me, ‘Write this, for what I am telling you is true. and it’s true,” Norman said as he read the new one. testament during service.


“Our faith gives us the confidence that while we stand, if God stands with us, who can oppose? So today, as we celebrate Tyre’s life and offer condolences to this family, we are giving notice to this community that this episode of Black Hashtags has been canceled and will not be renewed for another season. . We have come and we will win the fight for justice for our brother Tire Nichols,” said Dr. J. Lawrence Turner, part of an introduction that lasted about five minutes.

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The Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church Celebration Choir welcomed those who came to celebrate the life of Tire Nichols.


The funeral is scheduled to begin with Reverend Al Sharpton, Pastors and the Nichols family. The Celebration Choir will play a selection of music followed by Old Testament scripture readings. Pastor Dr. Rosalyn Nichols of Freedom Chapel Christian Church will hold a condolence prayer. The Celebration Choir will play a selection of music followed by a reading of Nichols’ obituary and a photo montage. Pastor Dr. J. Lawerence Turner will conduct the artist’s introduction, followed by another musical performance by the Celebration Choir. Pastor.

Al Sharpton will then give Nichols’ eulogy and civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is representing the Nichols family, will hold a Call for Justice. The Nichols family will then hold comments and Rev. Rodney Woodley, Rev. Dr. Earle Fisher, Bishop Marvin Thomas and Bishop Brandon Porter will all offer words of condolence. Special guests and elected officials in attendance, including Vice President Kamala Harris, will be recognized and then a blessing will be given by Reverend Deves Toon, Director of the National Action Network.


FOX13 cameras were rolling as Nichols’ casket was rolled into the church just after 10 a.m.

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