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Waynesville police issued pre-emptive statement on Tyre Nichols video

Waynesville police issued pre-emptive statement on Tyre Nichols video

On Jan. 26, one day before the Memphis, Tennessee Police Department released video footage of the beating that led to the death of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols, the Town of Waynesville Police Department issued a statement calling the conduct of the five MPD officers involved “indefensible.” 

As of press time, the statement is believed to be the only one issued by any police department west of Asheville. Here’s the statement in its entirety:

Statement on the Death of Tyre Nichols

The events in Memphis, Tennessee earlier this month are heartbreaking. As we learn more about the death of Tyre Nichols and the actions of the officers involved, it is clear that the oath we take as police officers has been betrayed. The actions of those officers are indefensible and the inaction of others who failed to intervene is just as appalling. We acknowledge how this is affecting the City of Memphis, as well as communities throughout our country and here locally.

We share in your anger and we pray for Tyre’s family, friends and community. 

The men and women of the Waynesville Police Department remain committed to serving you and our community with dignity, integrity, compassion and respect for all. It’s our responsibility to instill these values within our agency as we commit ourselves to the preservation of life. It’s these values that should guide our steps and direct our actions in all that we do every day. 

Here in Waynesville, we are blessed with strong relationships and priceless partnerships with our community, our businesses, and those who visit this wonderful town. We do not take this for granted as we know how blessed we are. Thank you for trusting us as we serve you!

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  • Thank you.

    posted by Helen Geltman

    Thursday, 02/02/2023

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