Durbin Statement on Tyre Nichols

SPRINGFIELD – U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement regarding the killing of Tyre Nichols by five former Memphis police officers and the subsequent investigation:

“First and foremost: my thoughts are with the family of Tyre Nichols and the Memphis community.  As those who were blessed to call Mr. Nichols a family member, friend, or neighbor mourn, we must commit to pursuing justice for his death, which feels all too familiar for far too many Americans, especially Black Americans.

“Mr. Nichols’ killing is a violation of the social contract between law enforcement and the people they are sworn to protect—and people are rightfully demanding accountability, corrective action, and justice.  I join Mr. Nichols’ family and President Biden in asking for demonstrations to remain peaceful. 

“We must support the efforts of local, state, and federal authorities as they continue their investigation into Mr. Nichols’ death.  And elected officials must continue taking steps to create a justice system that is truly equal for all.  I’m committed to working with Senator Booker and our colleagues on both sides of the aisle to finally achieve critical reforms.”