The following is a statement from Chief John Drake, who continues to monitor the unfolding events in Memphis:
“I am repulsed by the horrendous beating of Tyre Nichols by the now charged former members of the Memphis Police Department. This should not happen anywhere, ever, and I condemn their actions in the strongest possible way. It is unconscionable to me that the individuals who kicked, punched, and beat Mr. Nichols could have such a disregard for another human being. They must be held accountable. I credit Chief Davis in Memphis for taking swift action to fire them. I also credit Director Rausch and his team at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for the expedited and independent investigation that led to the indictment of the five.
This week I asked the men and women of the Metro Nashville Police Department to remember who we are in this police department. Now, more than ever, the principles of respect, compassion, organizational excellence, community engagement and precision policing must guide us in all that we do every day.”