Rally at Hempstead Village Hall calls for more police accountability in wake of Tyre Nichols death
A rally was held in front of Hempstead Village Hall on Thursday to honor Tyre Nichols and call for more police accountability.
Nichols was beaten by five now-former police officers during a traffic stop in Memphis in early January. He died three days after the attack.
He was laid to rest Wednesday in an emotional ceremony.
Advocates on Long Island say they want to spread awareness locally by having police hold more training exercises.
"It's like time for change - change to know that they are human beings - we are human beings," said the Rev. Dorothy Lapierre of Outreach Ministries. "You have to be concerned about whatever they're doing. The bottom line is the young man didn't have to die."
Protesters say they want to make sure that nothing like what happened in Memphis happens on Long Island or anywhere in the country.