Black leadership does not guarantee law enforcement credibility within the communities it serves. Medaria Arradondo was the former chief police officer of Minneapolis and he had criticised his own department for racism and He vowed it would be changed, but he was the one who presided over it during George Floyd’s murder at the hands his officers. But he could not stop the escalating protests. and the department’s deep rift with the community.

Histories of white officers “don’t get prosecuted as much” as Black officers, said Sarnie A. Randle Jr., a Houston attorney who has worked for many years in police abuse cases. “Those are just the facts. Until we see all officers treated equally, I fear we’re going to be here for generations to come.”

Ms. Sherman is an activist who works with the Nichols Family supports prosecution of officers. She says it’s another way she sees racism at play.

“At the end of the day, the city and the Police Department reminded them that they are Black men,” Sherman said: “and they will treat them less than, just like they treated Tyre, and make sure they fire them immediately and prosecute them.”

Downtown Memphis on Friday, Darell John a Contractor, was using a Drill to fix plywood to windows a Protests could have led to the construction of a loan agency a But they ended peacefully by Friday night. Black is Mr. Johnson, 44. and Carter, who has lived in Memphis two decades ago, stated that he is more focused. on Tragic Mr. Nichols’s death than the fact that the five charged officers were Black.

“The color doesn’t matter,” Johnson stated. “It’s just that you had officers taking a guy’s life.”

Robert Chiarito, Douglas Morino, Mitch Smith, Vik Jolly, Jessica Jaglois, Rick Rojas, Remy Tumin, Michael D. Regan, Nicholas Bogel–Burroughs and Wesley Parnell Contributed reporting