NLE Choppa Leads Peaceful Protest in Honor of Tyre Nichols
NLE Choppa leads a peaceful protest in his hometown of Memphis to show solidarity with Tyre Nichols, the most recent Black man to have his life tragically and senselessly cut short at the hands of police. Nichols, a 29-year-old man from Memphis who was the father of a four-year-old son, was beaten to death by five police officers all of whom were also Black, during a traffic stop earlier this month.
Footage of the attack, which was made public last week, has sparked outrage across the nation and resulted in the disgraced officers, all a part of the SCORPION unit, being fired and subsequently charged with murder.
NLE Choppa whose born name is Bryson Lashun Potts, joined the abundance of those calling for change by organizing a peaceful protest in honor of Nichols over the weekend.
In a video posted to Twitter on Saturday January 28, 2023 the 20-year-old rapper urged people to meet him at 4687 Cottonwood Rd that afternoon and bring their skateboards, roller skates and Heelys to join him for a peaceful skate through the city’s streets.
“Today, I felt it on my heart to turn a negative situation to a positive. I actually went to sleep dwelling on how I could wake up today and do that”, he said in part. “I just want to skate for Tyre in respect to him and know that’s how he would have wanted everybody to act”.
#SkateForTyre 4687 Cottonwood Rd
At 2PM. Let’s Do Something Peaceful And Loving For Something Tyre Loved To Do #SPREADTHIS #MEMPHIS #901 💜 pic.twitter.com/JzrQaqHM2f
— NLE Choppa (@Nlechoppa1) January 28, 2023
Video clips of the protest showed Choppa leading the march with a skateboard in his hand while chanting: “No justice, no peace, we gon’ skate for Tyre”. The rapper was joined by dozens of local residents and children.
At one point, he stopped and spoke to his fellow protestors, showing his gratitude for their support.
“I know it’s hard for us to all come together and it’s kinda sad it takes something tragic for us to do this”, he told the group. “But I’m grateful for it for everybody to be together, so I just want to thank y’all for being a part of this”.
He continued: “Everybody right here is standing for something and they falling for nothing, so I appreciate y’all for coming.”
Thank You God, Please Keep Using Me, I SURRENDER !! #SkateForTyre #JusticeforTyreNichols ✊🏾🕊️🤲 pic.twitter.com/kvjuVT5X04
— NLE Choppa (@Nlechoppa1) January 29, 2023
Prior to the protest, NLE Choppa spoke out against footage of Tyre Nichols’ deadly beating being released to the public and shared on social media.
“I’ll never respect how footage is released of something so gruesome to keep people vibrating in the state of fear, anger, and hate!” he tweeted. “It should be way more respect for his innocent soul and even his FAMILY. What happened to rest in ‘PEACE’ SMFH !! #RIPTyreNichols”.
In a follow-up video, Choppa argued that sharing such horrific footage of someone’s death “should be just as much of a crime” and posted a clip of Nichols skateboarding, one of his passions alongside photography and sunsets.
“I was looking at this situation…and was like, ‘What would love do?’” he said. “When I asked that question, I came across this video. Why couldn’t this video be shown by the media? Why something so gruesome and hard-to-digest for the conscious be presented?”
“Releasing footage of how someone was murdered in cold blood should be just as much of a crime. Rest in peace Tyre, I know this video is what you would have wanted the world to see”.
#RIPtyrenichols Memphis ☮️🕊️ pic.twitter.com/fm0DEfrpTA
— NLE Choppa (@Nlechoppa1) January 28, 2023
NLE Choppa is far from the only rapper to speak up in the wake of Tyre Nichols’ death. Fellow Memphis natives Moneybagg Yo, GloRilla and La Chat have also called for justice over his murder, with the latter labeling the Memphis Police Department a “gang”. Outside of Tennessee, impassioned reactions have come from Pusha T, Royce Da 5’9″, Meek Mill, Boosie Badazz, Questlove and many more.
In a recent podcast interview NLE Choppa sat down to talk about mental health while using the platform to cut his hair and bring to light topics the young conscious rapper has been expressing for a while now. Check out the interview from Deep Cut podcast below:
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