President Joe Biden’s statement about the Tyre Nichols case

Jill and I send our deepest sympathies to Tyre Nichols’ family as well as to the whole Memphis community. Tyre’s family is entitled to a prompt, thorough, and open examination into his passing.
I join Tyre’s family in urging nonviolent protest while Americans grieve, the Department of Justice conducts its investigation, and state authorities carry on with their duties. It’s normal to be outraged, but violence is never appropriate. Violence is harmful and forbidden by law. It has no place in nonviolent demonstrations for justice.
The cornerstone of public safety is public trust, and there are still far too many locations in America where those relationships are strained or destroyed. Tyre’s passing serves as a terrible reminder that more has to be done to make sure that our criminal justice system upholds its promise of providing everyone with equal treatment, fair and impartial justice, and dignity.
We also cannot dismiss the reality that Black and Brown individuals have been disproportionately affected by deadly confrontations with law enforcement.
Real change can only be achieved by holding law enforcement officials accountable when they break their oaths of office and by fostering enduring relationships of trust with the communities they are pledged to serve and protect.
I requested that Congress deliver the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to my desk because of this. When they didn’t, I issued an executive order with more stringent use-of-force guidelines, accountability requirements for federal law enforcement, and steps to improve state and local accountability.
We all need to recommit to the important work that needs to be done in order to promote real reforms.

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