Mayor Eric Adams called on New Yorkers Friday to protest “peacefully” in light of the expected release of a video of the arrest of Tyre Nichols, who died three days after the confrontation police in Memphis, Tennessee earlier this month.
The city of Memphis is set to release video of Nichols' arrest at some point Friday evening.
“My message to New Yorkers is to respect the wishes of Tyre’s mother. If you need to express your anger and outrage, do so peacefully,” Adams said, referring to a potential protest in Times Square Friday evening.
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The five former Memphis police officers who arrested Nichols are in custody in connection to his death and were charged with second-degree murder and other crimes.
Adams said he was briefed by the White House, and spoke with mayors across the nation and over 125 local elected officials about the video, which he said “by all reports will be graphic and disturbing” and will trigger “pain and sadness in many of us.”
“We should be able to express our sorrow and our rage, but we must take all that pain and turn it into purpose like the Rev. (Herbert) Daughtry taught me,” Adams said, referring to his past advocating against police brutality while serving as an NYPD officer.
“Any officer who engages in violence and brutality tarnishes all the work we have done to keep communities safe and foster a better relationship between the police and the communities they serve,” he said.
Adams said his message to the NYPD will continue to be “to exercise restraint.”
He added that he will continue to work with leaders across the nation to ensure that safety and justice are a reality.
“We, as a city and nation, must have an open dialogue about what happened to Tyre. And it means taking action, as Americans united against violence and abuse of power,” he said.