On January 7, 2023, 29-year-old, Tyre Nichols was violently beaten to death by five Memphis police officers after a routine traffic stop. As a result of the attack, the officers have been fired and they have since been charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault, two charges of aggravated kidnapping, two charges of official misconduct and one charge of official oppression.

The actions of these officers are egregious and disgusting. They have disgraced the policing profession. The outrage felt by Mr. Nichols’ family, by the black community and by racialized people everywhere is justified. We want you to know that we share your disgust. Anyone who proudly puts on a uniform and swears to serve and protect is outraged too. We stand with you.

While the actions of these officers do not represent the profession as a whole, we know that given the violence, aggression and excessive use of force displayed, public trust will be tested. People are angry, as they should be. As the video of this violent beating is made public, we know this will trigger and hurt many living here in Sudbury and millions around the world. We understand and empathize with the communities impacted by this, including members of our service and our profession.

As a police service, we are angry as this is not how to protect and serve a community. Through our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion contacts, we will continue to offer our support to those in our community who have been affected. We take pride in being a respectful and inclusive police service and we will continue our efforts of building meaningful relationships with the diverse communities that we serve.