During an urgent plea to the UN, Tyre Nichols’ family demanded that something be done “about the torture and targeted killing” of Nichols.
Lawyers for the family stated in a statement that they had filed an urgent appeal with the UN requesting it to protest the unpleasant death of Tyre Nichols, demand justice from the police, and demand that Officer Preston Hemphill and all other officers involved in the incident face criminal charges.
They said that “the video footage indicates that all those engaged in Tyre’s death did disgusting crimes that need worldwide punishment.”
Based on the United Nations, “urgent appeals” are made to request assistance to stop violations that result in deaths, circumstances in which someone’s life is in danger, or “upcoming or ongoing harm of a grave kind.”
The aim is to guarantee that state authorities take action or stop a violation of human rights as soon as possible.
On January 7, Nichols, 29, was detained for allegedly a driving offense. Officers approached Nichols’s car during the traffic check and tried to remove him before beginning to beat him, as seen in the video clip of the incident. Nichols managed to flee the scene and run away but was quickly arrested by 5 police officers and sentenced to a violent beating with batons, kicks, and punches.
After the beating, he was taken to the hospital, where he passed away.