The city of Memphis laid Tyre Nichols to rest Wednesday three weeks after he died from a brutal beating by police. Mourners celebrated Nichols’ life and issued a call for justice. Vice President Kamala Harris criticized the officers and said it was time for Congress to pass a federal law to reform policing.
What are some of the reforms being called for following Nichols’ death at the hands of police?
Why did families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, among others, attend the funeral?
What reforms would help reduce police violence? Do you think they have any chance of being put in place? Why or why not?
Media Literacy:Although reforms such as the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act are mentioned in this story, there are few details about the actual reforms being recommended. Where could you learn more about suggested reforms?
Lessons for Restoring Hope and Dignity
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