Memphis Officers' Actions Were Repugnant; California and Hawaii Police Unions React to Horrific Video of Tyre Nichols Killing
The Los Angeles Police Protective League, San Francisco Police Officers Association, San Jose Police Officers' Association, and the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers issued the following statement regarding the horrific killing of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tennessee.
“The killing of Tyre Nichols at the hands of the five cowardly former Memphis police officers is repugnant and the complete antithesis of how honorable law enforcement professionals conduct themselves every day. These accused individuals were fired, charged with murder and other crimes, arrested, fingerprinted, photographed and jailed, just like any other suspected criminal. Their brutalization of Mr. Nichols was horrific and for his family to have to view the video of Tyre suffering through those evil acts is unfathomable. We pray that they find the strength to deal with this unmitigated loss.
Our unions renew our pledge to work with Congress to enact national policing standards that mirror the standards in place in Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, and Hawaii and require rigorous ongoing training on the duty to intervene, duty to render aid, de-escalation, use of force and other initiatives that will improve outcomes between law enforcement professionals and the communities we serve. We encourage those interested in actually doing something to go to www.investinpolicing.com."
About the Los Angeles Police Protective League: Formed in 1923, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) represents the more than 9,900 dedicated and professional sworn members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPPL serves to advance the interests of LAPD officers through legislative and legal advocacy, political action and education. The LAPPL can be found online at www.LAPD.com
About the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers (SHOPO): SHOPO represents over 2,600 police officers in the State of Hawaii. Our officers serve in the Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii County Police Department, Maui County Police Department, and Kaua’i County Police Department. Learn more at: www.SHOPOhawaii.org.
About the San Francisco Police Officers Association (SFPOA): The SFPOA represents the more than 2,100 men and women of the San Francisco Police Department who are dedicated to protecting the safety of all San Franciscans. Learn more at www.sfpoa.org.
About the San Jose Police Officers' Association (SJPOA): The San Jose Police Officer's Association represents the men and women of the San Jose Police Department from the ranks of police officer up to Deputy Chief. Learn more at: www.SJPOA.com.
The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers (SHOPO) represents over 2,600 police officers in the State of Hawaii. Our officers serve in the Honolulu Police Department, Hawaii County Police Department, Maui County Police Department, and Kaua’i County Police Department.