Quebec Green Party leader Alex Tyrrell has condemned the brutal murder of Tyre Nichols by police in Memphis, Tennessee, calling for an end to police brutality in all societies, including Quebec. In a statement, Tyrrell expressed his horror at the images of Nichols' murder and stressed that the incident erodes public confidence in law enforcement and the state.

In a recent statement, Halimatou Bah, deputy leader of the Green Party of Quebec, stressed the importance of having conversations with one's children to prepare them to face the police and the world in general. She pointed out that bias, prejudice and stereotypes against racialized people are always present, whether they are recognized or not, experienced or not, felt or not. She pointed out that the treatment and consideration of racialized people is different at school, at work, in the grocery store, in the car, in the hospital, in court and even in prison. Recent events, whether here or elsewhere, are a stark reminder of the need for this important conversation to prepare children to face these realities.

Although the officers involved in Nichols' murder have been charged, Tyrrell emphasized that this, along with disbanding the police unit, will not bring back the victim or solve broader systemic issues of racism, police brutality or civil rights. He also pointed out that the SPVM and SQ are even less transparent than the Memphis police, as they are not equipped with body cameras and investigation reports on police brutality and murders are not made public.

Tyrrell called for the officers involved to be brought to justice. He stressed that Quebec is still waiting for justice for Nicholas Gibbs and many other victims of police brutality here at home. The leader of Quebec's Green Party urged everyone to work towards a society free of police brutality, where every individual is treated with dignity and respect.


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