2. California State Sheriffs’ Association Statement Re: the Death of Tyre Nichols


January 27, 2023

Contact: Carmen Green, Executive Director

California State Sheriffs’ Association Statement Regarding the Death of Tyre Nichols

The video depicting the use of force against Tyre Nichols is appalling. The actions of the five former Memphis Police officers preceding his death do not reflect the high standards of professionalism, service, community concern, and ethics that are the backbone of law enforcement’s obligation to protect the public.


Authorities in Tennessee acted swiftly and appropriately to investigate, fire, and bring criminal charges against those who acted in defiance of the law. The incident highlights the importance of having clear and rigorous standards for peace officers, which California has had for years. More recently, California has addressed this ideal with increased training requirements, updated standards for use of force and duty to intercede, as well as establishing a robust officer decertification process.

The California State Sheriffs’ Association extends its condolences to the family and friends of Tyre Nichols and the Memphis community.