The Center for American and International Law (CAIL) and our Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA) join the nation in extending our condolences to the family and friends of Tyre Nichols.
Our organization's mission is one committed to justice and upholding the nobility of law enforcement. In response to Mr. Nichols' death and what was witnessed from the video footage released by the City of Memphis, we feel obligated to express our strong condemnation for the actions of the Memphis police officers that led to his death.
While the vast majority of police officers are dedicated individuals committed to ethical and noble law enforcement standards, the nature of this incident brings renewed attention to the ongoing national discussion about police training, ethics, and culture.
The rule of law maintains that all persons and institutions are accountable under the law. Now, as five former Memphis police officers have been charged, we will watch as the judicial process determines those officers’ responsibility as individuals. But as that process unfolds in accordance with law, the death of Mr. Nichols and the suffering of his community underscore the urgency of action to ensure that guardians of public safety are truly that, and faithful to the highest ideals of their profession.
About the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration - The Institute for Law Enforcement Administration was founded in Dallas, Texas, in 1957 as a division of The Center for American and International Law, a nonprofit educational institution for lawyers, judges, and law enforcement professionals. ILEA has a well-established reputation as a leader in policing education in the United States and worldwide through innovative professional development, continuing education, and ethics/ethical decision-making programs that prepare law enforcement leaders to thrive in times of calm and during moments of crisis
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