GOP Rep Expresses Doubt About Police Reform

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( – Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Oh.) has expressed doubt about whether police reforms would have been enough to stop what happened to Tyre Nichols. Nichols was a 29-year-old Black man who was beaten by 5 Memphis police officers after a traffic stop. He was hospitalized and three days later, he died.

Jordan, the House Judiciary Committee’s chair, during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” said that he did not know whether there are laws that could have prevented the tragic incident. He added that to him, the most striking thing about it was the “lack of respect for human life.” He noted that he was uncertain whether any law or training could have changed that. As he pointed out, the five police officers involved in the incident had handcuffed Nichols and still kept beating him.

On Friday, the footage from the beating was released to the public. In the video, it is evident that the officers used pepper spray, and a stun gun and then continued beating Nichols as the man was on the ground. The incident led to Nichols’ death, reportedly due to the severity of his injuries. The five men were immediately dismissed by the police body and have now been hit with multiple charges, including second-degree murder.

Following the release of the video, President Joe Biden started calling for “meaningful reforms,” according to a statement. Protests across the country have also led to more calls for police reforms. However, the Senate has for years been unable to address police brutality through legislation.

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