The family of Tyre Nichols, the 29-year-old Memphis man who died after an altercation with Memphis Police earlier in the month, addressed media on Friday, January 27, ahead of the scheduled release of the footage showing his arrest.
Brendan Gutenschwager posted this video from Memphis on Friday as Nichols’s mother, RowVaughn Wells, alongside Attorney Ben Crump, described her son at a press conference.
Nichols worked for FedEx and enjoyed skateboarding and photography, his mom said. “He loved sunsets.”
“He didn’t follow what everyone else was doing,” Wells said.
“My son was a beautiful soul. He was a good boy. No one’s perfect. But he was damn near.”
Five former Memphis Police officers were indicted by a grand jury on January 26 on charges including second-degree murder. The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office said the body camera footage of the January 7 traffic stop would be released after 6 pm local time on Friday evening.
President Joe Biden released a statement from the White House extending his condolences to Nichols’s family.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation reported that Nichols died in the hospital on January 10. Credit: Brendan Gutenschwager via Storyful