In Memphis, Police Reform Falls Short

In February, Tyre Nichols’ friends and family filled a Sacramento skate shop to remember their fellow skateboarder, friend, and brother. 29-year-old Nichols died on January 10th, 2023, three days after being brutally beaten by the Memphis police at a traffic stop. In the aftermath of Nichols’ death, VICE News’ Alexis Johnson heads to Memphis, Tennessee to understand how a city focused on police reform failed to prevent such a violent encounter and how some citizens are re-imagining public safety.

Special thanks to Dave Meyers, Scott Mulligan, David Mora, Jego Armstrong and the Sentencing Project. 

This story was produced by Steph Brown and edited by Adizah Eghan and Stephanie Kariuki. 

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