A protest against the Memphis police beating and death of Tyre Nichols weaved its way through the streets of downtown Boston last night after a somber vigil at “The Embrace” statue on the Common.
Mayor Michelle Wu spoke briefly in front of the new Martin Luther King Jr. memorial shortly before the Memphis video was due to be released Friday night.
”What happens in Memphis doesn’t just impact Memphis — when horrific acts by those who are sworn to protect and serve anywhere take place, they undermine the trust in those who are sworn to protect and serve everywhere to all of our communities, but especially to the Black and brown men of Boston,” Wu said, choking up at times. “You deserve to feel and to be safe in your cars and in your homes, in our streets, in our stores, the places where you work and live and celebrate.
“Please know that we see you and we love you and Boston will not rest until we live up to that promise,” Wu continued. “That is a sentiment shared across all of city government and by our police department.”
Another protest is planned for this afternoon. Last night’s march appeared peaceful.
Boston Police Commissioner Michael A. Cox posted a statement before calling out the Memphis officers accused of beating Nichols.
“The Boston Police Department sends our deepest condolences to the entire family of Tyre Nichols. We share their sadness and outrage at this unnecessary loss of life. We and anyone capable of compassion understand how wrong this incident was and why it evokes anger and frustration,” he said in part.
Herald photojournalists Amanda Sabga and Reba Saldanha followed along as the protesters marched downtown last night …