GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Jan. 28, 2023) — Senate Majority Leader Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) issued the following statement in reaction to recently released video footage showing Tyre Nichols being brutally beaten by Memphis police officers earlier this month:

“The footage released of the brutal beating of Tyre Nichols is absolutely horrifying. My heart aches for his loved ones, particularly his mother.

“Those whose duty it is to protect and serve clearly failed this young man, resulting in his needless and tragic death. Trust cannot and will not be restored until meaningful action is taken. That means ensuring swift legal action when officers act beyond the power of their badge, rooting out internal culture problems that fuel violence, centering policing policies around the human dignity of all involved, and putting Black and Brown voices at the front of these important conversations.”