Harris, Breonna Taylor's mom and George Floyd's brother anticipated at Tyre Nichols funeral
Vice President Harris, Breonna Taylor’s mom and George Floyd’s brother are anticipated to attend the funeral of Tyre Nichols on Wednesday in Memphis, Tenn.
Nichols died earlier this month after being overwhelmed by law enforcement officials at a visitors cease. His demise has sparked a nationwide outcry amongst officers and protests calling for police reform.
The Rev. Al Sharpton will ship the eulogy at Nichols’s funeral Wednesday morning at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church. Sharpton mentioned on Tuesday that Nichols’s funeral might be “about justice,” not politics.
Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump will even ship a name to motion.
Harris’s workplace advised The Hill that she’s going to journey to Memphis to attend the funeral after she spoke to Nichols’s mom and stepfather, RowVaughn Wells and Rodney Wells, to precise her condolences over the telephone. Crump, who’s representing the Nichols household, confirmed in a press release that Nichols’s mother and father invited Harris.
Tamika Palmer, the mom of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police in her condo in Louisville, Ky., and Philonise Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, who was killed by police in Minneapolis, are each anticipated to attend Nichols’s funeral, in response to The Related Press. Each Taylor’s and Floyd’s deaths in 2020 provoked nationwide protests demanding for racial justice and police reform.
Sharpton on Tuesday additionally reiterated calls for for Congress to cross the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which might enact measures resembling requiring officers nationwide to put on physique cameras, prohibiting officers from utilizing chokeholds and declaring lethal power to solely be used as a final resort.
President Biden has additionally referred to as on Congress to cross the police reform act, and mentioned that he was “outraged and deeply pained” by the video footage that confirmed Nichols being pepper-sprayed, overwhelmed, punched and kicked by a bunch of law enforcement officials.
Different Biden officers, together with Keisha Lance Bottoms, director for the Workplace of Public Engagement, and Mitch Landrieu, senior adviser to the president, will even be in attendance on the funeral on Wednesday.