Morris County Law Enforcement Statement on the Death of Tyre Nichols
Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker, Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, and Mendham Township Police Chief Ross Johnson, 2023 President of the Morris County Police Chiefs Association, issue the following joint statement following the death of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tennessee:
"As law enforcement professionals, we are duty-bound to preserve and protect life. Law enforcement agencies across Morris County extend their deepest sympathies to the family of Tyre Nichols on their loss.
The nation awaits the release of the body worn camera and other video footage surrounding the death of Tyre Nichols, and the outcome of the investigation of the five former police officers, who face second-degree murder and other charges.
According to Chief Cerelyn Davis of the Memphis Police Department, the videos will likely show the heinous, reckless, and inhumane treatment of a man whose death came as a result.
To be clear, Morris County law enforcement denounces the actions of the five officers involved. Chief Davis has warned the nation that it will be sickening to see a young life taken in such a violent and senseless way, especially at the hands of those sworn to protect.
The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Morris County Sheriff’s Office, and all Morris County Police Departments strive to build a rapport with the community and maintain an open dialogue on law enforcement and criminal justice system matters with civic and religious organizations. It is critical that the community understands how our agencies operate, and that we are available to listen to members of the community.
The training and professionalism of county and municipal police officers conform to high standards, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office thoroughly investigates all complaints concerning the conduct of public officials and police. We send our moral and professional support to Chief Davis, the Memphis Police Department, and the City of Memphis and have reached out to our community leaders here in Morris County.
The release of the video of Nichols’ death will understandably generate grief, horror, and anger. We recognize the community’s right and desire to express their outrage.
The incident in Memphis is not a reflection of the good and ceaseless work of our law enforcement members. We realize emotions are running high during what are already challenging times, and ask the public to maintain a sense of perspective in their response to this tragedy."