On Friday, the body camera footage of the fatal confrontation between Tyre Nichols and Memphis police officers was released to the public. The video showed the officers tossing, punching, and pepper-spraying Nichols following a traffic stop.
Journalist Jason Whitlock appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight. He commented on the incident, suggesting that the violence was due to the Memphis Police Department being led by a “single Black woman,” Chief Cerelyn Davis. He stated that the officers’ actions resulted from young Black men’s inability to treat each other humanely and suggested that the chaos in the department was similar to what was seen in cities run by single mothers.
Whitlock went on to claim that the lack of male authority in suspects’ homes leads to their resistance to police, which in turn results in incidents of police brutality. His comments drew significant criticism on social media, with many objecting to his controversial opinion on the death of Tyre Nichols.