CHICAGO (WLS) — In Chicago’s Federal Plaza, demonstrators moved through the streets, shouting for justice they say Tyre Nichols was denied.
The video footage showing Memphis police officers pepper spraying and pummeling the 29-year old prompted widespread horror.
It was released three weeks after the incident, as part of swift action from law enforcement officials that included charging five officers with second-degree murder and disbanding their specialized police unit.
The frigid night air is no deterrent to a crowd so determined to cement systematic change.
“We saw, on Friday night, one of America’s most brutal acts!” said Bishop Tavis Grant with the Rainbow Push Coalition. “We won’t take half justice on this! This is how we feel power!”
On Monday, the Memphis Police Department revealed that two more of its officers were relieved of duty pending an investigation.
One of them is Preston Hemphill, seen in his own body camera video, trying to tase Nichols. Hemphill was there when police first encountered Nichols on Jan. 7, but not the second time, when Nichols was tackled to the ground and beaten.
“I think that all of them should pay along with the white officer that was tasing my son. How come he hasn’t been charged with anything?” said Rodney Wells. “Suspended! Not fired, not convicted, but suspended. Where’s the justice?”
Five Memphis police officers at the scene have all been fired, and charged with second-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping. Three Memphis Fire Department personnel involved in treating Nichols were also fired. And, two Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputies who responded to the scene were relieved of duty pending investigation.