Williams' Statement On The Death Of Tyre Nichols

January 27th, 2023

Press Release

"I can’t bring myself to watch the video of Tyre Nichols’ murder, just as I still can’t view the deaths of George Floyd, of Ahmaud Arbery.

"I know what it shows — a system that values preserving and asserting power over Black lives. A pain that emanates from this incident and across the screens and the souls of Black people across America. We are not okay.

"I pray for Tyre Nichols' family, and for all who carry the burden of knowledge that this will happen again and again. That not only is public safety not entirely dependent on law enforcement, but is threatened by it. Injustice remains ingrained in culture, and can’t be sanded down or sanitized. 

"Accountability is critical, and it is urgent. Together with individual accountability for the officers who perpetrated this act, though, must come an examination of who these systems are willing to condemn. Nothing about this is simple. Nothing about this is isolated. Nothing about this is okay."

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