Tire Nichols Skateboarding Memorial video has been viewed more than 1.9 million times

A video of Tire Nichols dazzling with his skateboarding skills went viral on Twitter on Friday, as users rushed to share clips of Nichols’ life before law enforcement released footage of his deadly confrontation with police in Memphis, Tennessee.

Nichols, a 29-year-old father and FedEx driver, died in hospital three days after a traffic delay on Jan. 7. The Memphis Police Department on Friday released body camera footage of interactions between Nichols and officers that showed police repeatedly beating Nichols while he was being held.

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A crowd gathers in Washington, DC Friday to protest the police killing of Tire Nichols. In the inset is a photo of Nichols at a press conference in Memphis, Tennessee. Nichols, who died Friday following a traffic stop by Memphis police, is being remembered on Twitter for his skateboarding talents.
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However, before the police footage was released, author Maisha Perkins shared a clip of a video compilation of Nichols Skateboarding on Twitter, adding that she wanted to “amplify THIS video of Tire living his best life.” As of Friday evening, the video had been viewed over 1.9 million times.

Perkins credited the video to Austin Dean’s YouTube channel, which first posted Nichols’ video in 2010.

Thousands of Twitter users reposted or commented on Nichols’ memorial video, echoing Perkins’ take on sharing the compilation instead of the Memphis police footage. political scientist Cas Mudde wrote in his repost of the video: “Don’t add additional trauma to people of color by (re)tweeting videos of #TyreNichols [being] murdered by police.”

“Celebrate his tragically ended life instead,” Mudde said, adding, “#JusticeforTyreNichols.”

Former Representative of the State of New York Yuh Line Niou also reposted the video of Nichols and commented, “Remember Tire Nichols as he was meant to be remembered.”

Reecie ColbertFounder of BlackWomenViews Media, in her repost to Nichols’ video, wrote: “I see a young, carefree black man doing something he loves.

“It’s heartbreaking to see what a beautiful soul was ripped from it #TyresNichols family,โ€ added Colbert. “Let us remember Tire for his life as well as for his death.”

Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump, who represents Nichols’ family, also posted Nichols’ video on Monday. As of Friday night, Crump’s tweet alone had received over 1 million views.

“This is who Tire Nichols was – a talented and dedicated skateboarder with SO much life left to live,” Crump captioned the video. “He didn’t deserve to be tragically taken from his family and community! We will continue to fight for responsibility for you, Tyre!โ€

Nichols will also be remembered as a “beautiful soul” by his family, according to RowVaugh Wells, Nichols’ mother, who spoke about her son at a news conference on Friday.

“Nobody’s perfect, but he came pretty damn close,” Wells said.

Crump also spoke to MSNBC Friday night after authorities released the video footage and said the Nichols family wanted the videos released to the public.

“They think it’s important that America, that the world sees how [the officers] brutalized Tyre, how they killed Tire so needlessly,” Crump told the outlet.

US cities across the country prepared Friday for protesters to gather in response to the police video’s release. In Memphis, protesters said they had gathered around 5:30 p.m. CST before the videos were released The Commercial Appeal. By 6:15 p.m., the crowd had moved onto Interstate 55 and began blocking traffic.

In New York City, protesters marched down Times Square holding up signs and chanting, according to a report by WABC, an ABC News affiliate. CeFaan KimCorrespondent for WABC, shared videos of the protest on Twitter.

news week asked Crump for comment.

https://www.newsweek.com/tyre-nichols-skateboarding-memorial-video-viewed-more-19m-times-1777242 Tire Nichols Skateboarding Memorial video has been viewed more than 1.9 million times

Rick Schindler

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