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WNBPA issues statement on Tyre Nichols’ death: ‘Enough is enough’

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The WNBA Players Association shared a statement Friday night expressing outrage over the killing of Tyre Nichols.

Video footage released Friday showed the beating of the 29-year-old Black man at the hands of five Memphis police officers following a traffic stop on Jan. 7. Nichols died three days later.

“We stand in solidarity with the family and friends of Tyre Nichols,” the WNBPA statement reads. “We are outraged. The police killing of Tyre Nichols marks the continuation of horrific police brutality against yet another Black man. This appalling police misconduct endangers us all and erodes the continuously waning trust of the police within our communities.”

The Memphis Police Department made the footage public a day after the five officers were charged with second-degree murder. The five officers also have been charged with aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct and official oppression, Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy said.

Even with these charges, the WNBPA called for more widespread change to truly achieve justice for Nichols.

“[Justice] must include the unambiguous and united rejection of police abuses, along with a commitment to corrective actions that better serve our communities by every level of government,” the statement continues. “Enough is enough. We have no choice but to bear witness to the life and murder of Tyre Nichols and a moral obligation to demand better for our society.

“These moments will and must shake our nation to its core. May they also spur us to act. No more.”

The WNBA also released a statement Friday, in which the league called the treatment of Nichols “hard to process.”

“Our hearts go out to his family and friends,” the statement reads. “The WNBA will continue to be a voice for those who face discrimination, racism and injustices, and will work to effect meaningful, systemic change in our communities.”

Several WNBA teams, including the Los Angeles Sparks, also issued statements.

“We remain vigilant in our pursuit against these unnecessary acts of violence,” the Sparks said in their statement. “Our hearts are with Tyre Nichols family and the Memphis community.”