In an email to the University Community, Chancellor Kaplan addresses the death of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tenn., calling the actions of the officers involved “the very antithesis of the values and ideals of individuals who are entrusted with serving the communities in which we live.”
January 29, 2023
Dear Members of the University Community,
Like so many, I was horrified and infuriated watching the body camera footage of five Memphis police officers fatally beating Tyre Nichols. Their actions were appalling and incomprehensible, representing the very antithesis of the values and ideals of individuals who are entrusted with serving the communities in which we live.
As a university, we take great pride in being at the forefront of preparing the next generation of law enforcement professionals, and we welcome the important role we play in providing education and advanced training for current and future police officers and first responders. As always, we embrace this responsibility.
Amid our grief and anger, let us renew our commitment to those in our community and beyond who selflessly dedicate their lives to protecting us. Let us also show our support for those whose confidence in law enforcement has, understandably, been eroded by actions that undermine trust. Together, we must be pillars of hope, empathy, and unity.
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Our hearts go out to Tyre Nichols’ family and friends, and we join them in calling for justice for Tyre.