America needs its law enforcement authorities, and crime is an issue that must be dealt with effectively.
But the murder of Tyre Nichols in Memphis by five African American police officers is way beyond the pale!
Nichols was stopped for a traffic violation, and had no weapon on him.
He was 140 pounds and slight build, and was assaulted mercilessly by five police officers who each weigh more than 200 pounds.
They beat him with night sticks, punched him, kicked him, brutalized him, and if it was not for the body cam that is required in most locations in the nation, we would not have any hint of the brutality visited upon this man!
Why would there be a need for FIVE police officers to deal with one person, who was no threat to any of them?
And why chase him, when they had the information about his car, and did not need to have their adrenalin build up to the point of chasing him and murdering him, with no limits in their behavior?
This was a case of using government authority and male ego in the worst possible scenario, and it should horrify every citizen that he or she cannot be certain that they would not face such brutality by police, who clearly overreacted in the extreme, without regard for human life!
Watching the video was tormenting, and the fact of all those involved being of the same race is even more stunning!
And hearing Tyre Nichols scream for his mother was very emotional!
But the full extent of punishment must now be pursued, and police nationwide must be informed that such behavior, despite the stresses of the job, require humanity and level headedness, as no one should NOT have to fear law enforcement as if they are the Nazi Gestapo!