MetroFocus: Tyre Nichols’ Death as “Watershed Moment for America”

January 30, 2023

A smiling image of young man in shirt, tie, an vest is seen on TV in a waiting room.

Tyre Nichols as seen in TV news coverage of his death after a violent assault by police officers.

MetroFocus: Tyre Nichols: “A Watershed Moment for America” airs Monday, January 30 at 6 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. on THIRTEEN. See Schedule for additional air times on WLIW and NJ PBS.

The video of the deadly police beating of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols in Memphis is being called worse than the Rodney King assault in Los Angeles, and the Nichols family attorney is calling it “a watershed moment for America.” The footage has sparked as many questions as there is outrage over the state of law enforcement and the role of race in policing.

Tonight on MetroFocus, we discuss this complex issue with two New York lawmakers standing in solidarity with thousands across the nation, in peaceful protest of police brutality and the system sustaining it. Queens Borough President Donovan Richards joins us just moments before his candlelight vigil tonight to grieve and uplift Nichols’ memory, along with Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, who prays we remember the way Tyre Nichols lived and not the violent way he was taken from his family and friends.

MetroFocus Guests on Monday, January 30

DONOVAN RICHARDS, Queens Borough President and former New York City Council Public Safety Chair, will hold a candlelight vigil Monday night at 6 p.m. on the steps of Queens Borough Hall. Richards, a lifelong resident of Southeast Queens and the Rockaways, was inspired to go into politics after he lost a childhood friend to gun violence at the age of 18.

VANESSA GIBSON, Bronx Borough President, a native New Yorker who has previously held office in the New York State Assembly and New York City City Council.

MetroFocus hosts Rafael Pi Roman, Jenna Flanagan and Jack Ford.

MetroFocus hosts Rafael Pi Roman, Jenna Flanagan and Jack Ford.

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