In the minutes after Memphis released four videos showing the arrest of Tyre Nichols, protesters took to the streets in cities across the United States to protest the violent actions seen in the video.
Update 9:58 p.m. Jan. 27:
Protesters in Memphis shut down Interstate 55, blocking traffic between Tennesee and Arkansas, WHBQ reported. The Memphis Police Department issued a traffic alert and warned drivers to stay away from the area.
In New York City, three people were arrested during a protest in Times Square. A protester was arrested after allegedly jumping on an NYPD vehicle and smashing the windshield, WABC reported.
Police told WNBC that another protester was arrested for punching a police officer, while no reason was disclosed for the third arrest.
Activists and members of the community gathered in downtown Memphis after the video was released, and said they were calling for justice. Kirstin Garris, a reporter from our Washington, D.C. newsroom, was with activists who said “This is our city...we aren’t going anywhere.”
NOW: Memphis activists and community members gathering in downtown. They said they are calling for justice for Tyre. “This is our city… we aren’t going anywhere.” - said one activist. pic.twitter.com/tcgiTe5usv— Kirstin Garriss (@ReporterGarriss) January 27, 2023
At least one protester told Garriss they had not seen the video. “I don’t have to watch a video to know what happened.”
The Memphis protest made its way from downtown to a highway, where video showed them marching up to the upper level of the roadway.
Protesters in Memphis now heading up to the upper level of the highway. #TyreNichols pic.twitter.com/lNYeT8eKNx— Kirstin Garriss (@ReporterGarriss) January 28, 2023
A reporter for The Washington Post said the protests were blocking traffic on Route 55 in Memphis.
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, approximately 50 people came out to rally after the video was released.
There’s about 50 people rallying outside of Philadelphia City Hall. The Party for Socialism and Liberation is organizing a march to demand justice for Tyre Nichols, whose death earlier this month has led to second-degree murder charges against 5 officers https://t.co/9GacfHryEs pic.twitter.com/8jP8xpEi5v— Matt Petrillo (@MattPetrillo) January 28, 2023
Approximately 20 people had gathered within 30 minutes of the video’s release in Asheville, North Carolina, where protesters were heard saying, “If we don’t get no justice, then they don’t get no peace.”
So far about 20 people have gathered. https://t.co/x0LbCRXtZa pic.twitter.com/whdW5Lekm4— Samiar Nefzi (@samiarnefzitv) January 28, 2023
Witnesses described a scene with approximately 100 protesters in Boston who carried signs referencing local deaths at the hands of police.
“Who decided that we have to live this way? A system that is deeply racist to its core. I want more for myself and my family.” #Boston #TyreNichols protest at Park St station of about 100 people has signs for local police deaths incl’d #SayadFaisal, #TerrenceColeman, #JustonRoot pic.twitter.com/5BFBT43uGf— Rev. Laura Everett (@RevEverett) January 28, 2023
Protest in NYC after #TyreNichols video released @USATODAY pic.twitter.com/zE5YbcxklN— Seth Harrison (@SethEHarrison) January 28, 2023
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