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Maryland leaders express outrage over fatal beating of man by police in Memphis

January 30th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

WBAL reports that almost eight years after the police in-custody death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, leaders in Maryland expressed outrage over the fatal beating of a Black man by police during a traffic stop in Tennessee.

"Enough is enough and I'm tired of it," said Ryan Coleman, president of the Randallstown branch of the NAACP.

Coleman watched the videos released Friday night by the city of Memphis, showing Tyre Nichols' interaction with police there. Nichols died three days after the confrontation with five police officers who have since been fired and charged criminally.

"I don't understand them beating that man like that for the duration of time," Coleman said. "It was just very disturbing, and you really get tired of Black people getting treated as non-humans."

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore released a statement after the videos were released, saying: "It's difficult not to fight back tears watching this video. The inhumanity that was shown to Tyre Nichols, a young skateboarder and amateur photographer, is intolerable by anybody, but especially by people whose job and responsibility it was to protect him. I'm thankful that the Department of Justice is engaged in this investigation, and these five individuals must be held to account for their barbarism. I know I speak for all Marylanders as we grieve with Tyre's family, friends and community.