The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harriswill attend the funeral this Wednesday of the African-American Tyre Nicholswho died earlier this month after being beaten by local Memphis police, from the state of Tennessee.
The White House reported this Tuesday in a statement that the vice president, the first person of African descent to hold this position (Harris is also the first female vice president in the history of the United States and the first person of Indian or Asian origin in the position), will attend to the obsequies for Nichols, who will be commemorated in Memphis.
The funeral is also expected to be attended by well-known civil rights activist, Reverend Al Sharpton, and the family of George Floydthe African American killed by a police officer in May 2020, whose murder sparked the largest wave of protests and race riots in the United States since the late 1960s.
Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor, is also scheduled to attend. a black woman who lost her life in March 2020 by police shots during a search of his own home.
nichols died in a hospital after being beaten by a group of policemen when he was arrested on January 7 in Memphis.
The videos of the arrest were released last Friday and they show how the agents beat him with batons and they kicked him in the head at the time of arrest.
On Monday it became known that Memphis police suspended two officerswho join five other agents expelled from the force – all of them African-American – and who face various criminal charges.
The two suspended this Monday, including a white agent, are still being investigated. (EFE)