Fargo Police Chief issues statement on death of Tyre Nichols

Photo by: Fargo Police Department
Photo by: Fargo Police Department

(Fargo, ND) -- Fargo's Police Chief has issues a statement in reference to the violent death of a Tennessee man at the hands of officers with the Memphis Police Department.

"On January 7th in Memphis, Tennessee, Tyre Nichols was involved in a traffic stop that ultimately resulted in the loss of his life due to the horrendous and criminal actions of several police officers who brutally assaulted him. The actions of these now former officers are abhorrent. While their conduct led to appropriate criminal charges, the impact of Tyre’s death will undoubtedly and understandably be felt across the entire country in the days, months and years ahead," said Zibolski in a statement released to the Department's social media platforms.

"The Fargo Police Department mourns Tyre’s death and offers thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and the Memphis community. In addition to the obvious excessive force used during this incident, the failure of any of these officers to intervene and protect Tyre is unacceptable and conflicts with our department values, as well as that of the larger policing profession."

All five of the officers involved face several charges, including 2nd degree murder for the death of the 29-year-old FedEx worker and father.

"The heinous acts of these former officers should not define or diminish the good work of our dedicated Fargo guardians, but we understand it can bring about uncertainty and a diminishment of trust," added Zibolski. "To that point, let us be abundantly clear—the values of The Fargo Police Department are proudly distinguished by accountability, respect and guardianship. These are not just words to us; they are our guiding principles every day, and on every one of our calls and interactions. We believe that all human life has value and deserves respect. We are committed to treating those we serve in a compassionate, courteous and dignified manner. Anything less will not be tolerated in Fargo. We are mindful that we are accountable to one another and—most importantly—the community we serve."

Nichols parents have been invited to President Joe Biden's State of the Union address, which will take place next Tuesday, February 7th.