Our Circuit Grieves Tyre Nichols’ Death
Like many of you, I am horrified by the senseless, violent attack of Memphis police officers on Tyre Nichols. I am shaken to my core each time our nation experiences this type of incident perpetrated by those who are sworn to protect and serve each and every one of us. While the vast majority of police officers I have had the pleasure of working with are dedicated, law-abiding, hardworking public servants, it is undeniable that in certain places a toxic culture exists in which some feel free to inflict unspeakable violence on citizens, and others feel free to turn a blind eye on these actions.
Body cameras are the most important tool we have for accountability and alleviation of this culture. I have been a champion of body cameras for years and for the first time, through my Office’s financial partnership with the Sheriffs of both Crawford and Peach Counties, they were able to purchase body cameras for their officers in 2022. As our nation struggles to fight against these tragic and unacceptable acts of violence, I am thankful that all Sheriffs’ Offices in the Macon Judicial Circuit now have body worn cameras in use.
On behalf of everyone in the District Attorney’s Office, I offer sincere condolences to the family and friends of Tyre Nichols.