ATLANTA – State Representatives Rhonda Burnough (D-Riverdale), Shelly Hutchinson (D-Snellville), Lydia Glaize (D-Fairburn), Phil Olaleye (D-Atlanta), Kim Schofield (D-Atlanta) and Sandra Scott (D-Rex issued the following statements regarding the fatal arrest of Tyre Nichols of Memphis:
“It is really unfortunate that the life of an individual is not valued,” said Burnough. “More importantly, it is a shame that none of those police officers were willing to stand up and do the right thing.”
“Once again, we have an example of how the sanctity of life is observed for some lives but certainly not Black lives,” said Hutchinson. “It is shameful that we still feel like young Black males are hunted for sport without consequence in 2023.”
“All Americans must be regarded as human beings with the right to be innocent until proven guilty by the courts or a jury of their peers,” said Glaize. “Any law enforcement operating in heinous acts against persons on American soil should be fully prosecuted under the law.”
“The death of Tyre Nichols was a clear dereliction of duty and a sad reality that more is left to be done to ensure accountability and justice for our communities,” said Olaleye. “‘Black Lives Matter’ is not merely a statement, but it should be the ultimate principle that guides us to create systems of opportunity and public safety for all, especially our most vulnerable Black and brown communities.”
“Another cry of a young Black man only 29 years old is heard calling out for his mother as he was being murdered,” said Rep. Schofield. “The abuse of force by law enforcement is not bound by color, nor should anyone who stood by and watched this heinous act go unpunished. The death of Tyre has not only devastated the Nichols family, but also the law enforcement and community as a whole will be changed forever.”
“As the mother of a son, grandmother and ‘auntie’ of Black men, my heart is troubled once again by the lack of humanity police officers have for Black men,” said Scott.