I watched the recent body camera footage in which five Black Memphis police officers had brutally beaten a Black driver by the name of Tyre Nichols. He is alleged to have been driving recklessly, even though Memphis Police Chief, Cerelyn Davis, said she could not confirm that reckless driving played a role in the incident.
When approached by officers and removed from his car, Nichols resisted by not laying down fully on his stomach. He persisted in turning and raising his torso to question the officers and to verbally protest what was happening to him. Officers continued to order Nichols to get on the ground, but were unable to hold him down as he repeatedly turned and raised his torso. One officer attempted to use his Taser but was unsuccessful in doing so. Nichols quickly got up and fled on foot with officers pursuing him. Once they caught up to him about a half-mile away, they proceeded to punch, slap, kick, pepper spray, and even baton him, apparently thinking that he was still resisting arrest. Why five burly officers could not subdue Nichols without having to cave his head in is beyond me!
After handcuffing Nichols, he was sat down and propped up against one of the patrol cars. Although paramedics were called to the scene, none of the officers rendered any immediate medical aid to him. Nichols was transported to St. Francis Hospital in critical condition. On January 10, 2023, Tyre Nichols died as a result of the officer’s use of force. An autopsy report later revealed that Nichols had “suffered excessive bleeding caused by a severe beating.”
The five Memphis officers involved in the incident were fired from their department, charged with Nichols’ murder, and surrendered to law enforcement. Additional charges include aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct, and official oppression in addition to second-degree murder. The former officers posted bail and were released from the Shelby County Jail. They now await trial.
It’s important to note at the outset that I do not in any way condone the actions of these officers. Departmental polices regarding reasonable uses of force appear clearly to have been violated. My own training and experience as a police officer (now retired) persuades me that the entire incident should have been handled much differently and with greater restraint and professionalism.
Yet with that said, here is another occasion in which a Black male adult refuses to follow simple orders. How many times does one have to be told to lay on their stomach? Instead, Tyre Nichols continued to turn himself over to tell the cops that he’s just trying to go home as well as other verbal protests. All the while positioning himself so that he’s not completely on his stomach as ordered.
When I was a cop, I saw this kind of thing many times, especially by Black males. They stiffen up, contort their bodies in order to make it harder to search and handcuff them — all the while asking the same questions over and over again (“What I do?” and “Why you arresting me?”) even though you’ve already explained everything in detail and multiple times at that!
Blacks do this as a diversion tactic, and to guilt the officer as well as to delay him. They also do it in order to gain sympathy from the gullible passerby. Although Nichols stated, “I give up” and “stop being so aggressive,” it was nothing more than fake verbal compliance to drop the cops’ guard and thereby take advantage when things loosen up a bit. Nichols tried to make himself appear as the calm one, even though he continued to resist the officers and not comply with their orders. What you’re seeing on the officer’s body cameras, then, is the typical drama that Blacks create whenever they are held accountable for their conduct.
Thus, the same scenario seems to regularly unfold when cops have to deal with Blacks: (1) There’s a crime or reasonable suspicion that a crime has occurred involving a Black male; (2) Black male is stopped for investigation by the police; (3) Black male refuses to either identity himself or refuses to be pat-searched even though there is legal justification for doing so; (4) Black male either violently resists or moderately resists by means of verbal protests, repeated questions that have already been answered, and in creating as much public chaos as possible in order to deter officers from doing their job.
Whites who may have never had such encounters with the police, and who are inclined to believe in the innocence of all Black people everywhere, cannot relate to such realities. They have no personal history nor protracted contact with Blacks other than a few they saw in college or at their jobs. And so, they are in no position to judge such incidents impartially. Yet once you’ve had enough encounters with the general incivility and hostility of the average American Black male, you start to understand why so many cops have tragic and deadly outcomes with the Blacks they encounter.
Nichols was stopped because he was allegedly driving recklessly. Some persons have denied it, but I’m inclined to think that there’s a lot more to this story than that the cops simply decided to stop this poor innocent Black driver and beat the snot out of him. Notice that the police car in front of Nichol’s car has him blocked in. This makes sense if he was driving recklessly since they would not want to risk another chance of him driving on a public roadway.
Also, the officers quickly approached the driver’s side door with their duty weapons drawn. This tells me that it’s not a normal traffic stop! Something occurred prior to the traffic stop which prodded the officers to approach Nichols in that way. The truth of what led to this encounter will eventually come out.
Something missed in all of this is why so many Blacks seem unable to comply with the most basic rules of society. At every turn, they refuse to hold themselves accountable for their actions. Even though incarceration rates among Blacks in America are at skyrocketing levels, Blacks collectively refuse to blame themselves for any of it. They’re all “innocent” and framed by “whitey.” It’s always someone else’s fault, never their own. Whether it’s “systemic racism,” the “legacy of slavery,” or “white privilege,” few Blacks will look in the mirror and concede that their woes and tribulations are the direct result of their attitudes and actions.
So long as our government and its complicit media persists in coddling Blacks and in feeding them lies that only serve to bolster today’s racial grievance industry, more of these incidents will continue to occur. One would think that Blacks themselves would tire of all the lies and excuses given for their many failures, but this would require deep introspection, self-awareness, and honesty which I believe comparably few Blacks in America possess.
It’s good that the officers involved in this altercation were all Black. Perhaps it will cause some to realize that huge numbers of Blacks do not resist the police because they are White, but because they are in rebellion to all forms of authority. Perhaps repeated instances of the smash-and-grab robberies and shooting sprees that Blacks commit and which we constantly witness on the news and social media will cause Whites to see that Blacks are not a good fit for societies such as ours which require civility and compliance to basic rules of order and decency?
In order to combat “police brutality,” many big city police departments will create even stricter policies that will guarantee more incidents such as what happened to Nichols. Preventing and penalizing officers from targeting the criminal element in their communities — which most often is comprised of young Black males — and lowering police hiring standards, will ensure that Black criminality and instances of police abuses will continue indefinitely. Hamstringing officers in the name of “racial justice” sounds good in theory, but in the end, it will only serve to demoralize good and proactive officers as well as employ individuals who otherwise would have never qualified as police officers.
Race hustlers will, of course, view the Tyre Nichols incident through the prism of “white supremacy” no matter what. They are unwilling or unable to see it any other way, particularly when there may be opportunities to profit from it. Anything negative that happens to Blacks, after all, is always rooted in “white supremacy” somehow.
A recent article in The Davis Vanguard proves this very point:
A system rooted in white supremacy”—according to the Greater Sacramento NAACP—make Black law enforcement “just as likely” as white officers to kill Black men, as they are accused of doing in Memphis earlier this month when former Sacramento resident Tyre Nichols died after five Black officers allegedly beat him after a traffic stop. …
The Greater Sacramento branch of the NAACP Friday said, “We weep with the community here and in Memphis as we add the name Tyre Nichols, another local Black man killed by a system rooted in white supremacy.”
The Sacramento NAACP charged, in a statement, it “[c]ondemns institutional racism in law enforcement—Black law enforcement officers are just as likely to kill Black men as white officers because of assimilation to white supremacy roots.” …
The NAACP argues, “When anyone joins that system, regardless of the race of the officer, they are indoctrinated to the traditions and practices of that system to maintain the status quo regardless of the person’s intent. That’s the nature of white supremacy culture—it lives in systems unless we actively change the structure and cultures of those systems,” said GSNAACP President Betty Williams. (“White Supremacy Rooted in Killing for Former Sacramentan Tyre Nichols, Charges Sacramento NAACP,” January 8, 2023).
Did you catch that? Even when Blacks beat and murder other Blacks, it’s not really their fault. They’re just doing it because they’ve been so badly influenced by their “white supremacy roots.”
While the former Memphis officers will likely be convicted of excessive force under color of authority and serve time in prison, I doubt any of it will prove that Tyre Nichols was completely innocent in drawing the attention of officers in the first place. The media, as expected, will make him out to be a full member of today’s holy Trinity of Black martyrs: Rodney King, George Floyd, and now Tyre Nichols.