EPS STATEMENT ON DEATH OF TYRE NICHOLS
(January 27, 2023) The death of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tennessee reflects a life ended too soon and too violently at the hands of five now former police officers. This is a tragedy. There is no avoiding that the five officers, now charged with second degree murder and other charges, were on duty when they committed this act. But the actions we have heard described and which we will see on video do not reflect police work in any form.
We extend our deepest condolences to Mr. Nichols family, friends and community.
An event like this will affect us all. We know it will be felt by our officers and all EPS employees, as well as by the communities we support, work with and live in. We must process it together.
EPS supports the swift and decisive action taken by the Memphis police in seeking justice for Mr. Nichols and his family.
In the coming days, we know events in Memphis will give rise to many opportunities for reflection. In doing so we must hold space for community and the Black community in particular.
We know that the trust of our community is something we earn every single day and we remain steadfast in our commitment to doing this work with compassion, integrity and honour.