Trending: KCPD Chief Graves Sends Riot Prevention Video Shout Out

First, an admission of an occupational hazard of watching the news . . .

Denizens of the discourse chronically attempt to assume or speculate at/over motives. 

Taken at face value, the message from the new KCPD Chief is encouraging and offers a view of a local law enforcement leader in tune with the political zeitgeist.

The highlight that actually is reassuring: The Chief reinforcing a "culture of accountability." 

On the other hand . . . Skeptics might question when riot prevention became a task that confronted public officials. Sadly, this state of affairs seems to be a side effect of the social activist media era.

We watched the whole thing hoping an Energizer bunny would slide across the screen. Here's the liberated summary from behind a local paywall . . .

In a video statement, Graves applauded Memphis Police Director Cerelyn “CJ” Davis for swiftly suspending and firing the officers involved in the killing of Tyre Nichols, a Black man who died days after a confrontation during a traffic stop.

“This is a tragedy,” Graves said. “It should not have happened.”

Graves weighed in on the Tennessee case after Shelby County prosecutors announced the officers, who are Black, face charges of second-degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct and official oppression.

Take a look via link/embed . . .

Context for readers . . .

Tyre Nichols killing: Memphis braces as five ex-officers charged with murder over father-of-one who was beaten like 'a human pinata'

A grand jury has indicted five former police officers on murder and other charges in connection with the death of Tyre Nichols. US President Joe Biden called for any protests to be peaceful following the charges on Thursday. Nichols, 29, died in hospital three days after a confrontation during a traffic stop in the US city of Memphis, , on 7 January.

Five Memphis police officers charged over death of Tyre Nichols

The 29-year-old was stopped in Memphis on 7 January for reckless driving and died three days later.

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