On Friday, Antifa called for activists to riot in New York City in the wake of five former officers of the Memphis Police Department being charged with the murder of 29-year-old Tyre Nichols.
According to the Daily Mail, the outlet obtained a poster that told Antifa to assemble at various locations throughout NYC and then “Burn It All Down.”
The Memphis Police Department said they will release the body cam footage from the incident Friday night at 7pm, EST.
The Daily Mail reports that Antifa has ordered its followers to bring “a list of weapons including rocks, kerosene and pipes.” The body cam footage was said to be “worse than Rodney King” the outlet reports and the family’s lawyer said it shows Nichols was beaten like a “human pinata.”
On Thursday, the Shelby County criminal court announced former officers Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills, Jr., and Justin Smith were terminated after the incident and face charges of second-degree murder.
On January 7, police initially claimed that Nichols was pulled over because of reckless driving. The officers said that they approached his vehicle, and a confrontation then ensued. The initial report claimed Nichols fled on foot and officers gave chase. Afterward, he was detained and taken into custody but then Nichols complained of shortness of breath. He was taken to a hospital where he later died on January 10.
On Thursday, Joe Biden called for “peaceful protest” in the streets of Memphis and he released a statement and said, “I join Tyre’s family in calling for peaceful protest. Outrage is understandable, but violence is never acceptable. Violence is destructive and against the law. It has no place in peaceful protests seeking justice.”
FBI Director Christopher Wray on Friday also called for “peaceful protest.”
Chief Davis said the death of Tyre Nichols was “heinous, reckless, and inhumane”
“I expect our citizens to exercise their First Amendment right to protest, to demand action and results. But we need to ensure our community is safe in this process,” Davis continued.
“None of this is a calling card for inciting violence or destruction on our community or against our citizens,” Davis said.
The Nichols family has asked that protests remain peaceful.
Other cities across the country are bracing for violence, including Portland, Oregon, where Antifa members have posted plans for violence on the social media platform Mastodon.
“I think it is going to be a VERY long weekend here in this good ole sh*thole country,” one Mastodon user wrote. “Urging my friends, again, to tighten up the opsec. Wear a mask, leave your phone at home, and wear eye protection — evidence has shown the cops are aiming at your eyes in hopes of blinding you. F*ck this country.”
“EVERY SINGLE MURDER caused by the police should ignite within us a rage that is unstoppable,” another person wrote. “The cops should fear us. We have been too quiet. Too peaceful. Too passive. The fires need to burn.”
"We have been too peaceful…the fires need to burn."
Portland #Antifa member @AshRedacted has joined many extremists like @WhiteRoseOfSal1 in using @joinmastodon to post about plans for violence this weekend. #BLM #TyreNichols pic.twitter.com/RDIRzrhl1N
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) January 27, 2023
Police Departments from cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and Seattle have also been placed on high alert for potential rioting.
Police departments across the US are bracing for mass rioting & looting when the police body camera footage is released of #TyreNichols getting arrested. 5 black officers in Memphis have been fired & charged with second-degree murder over Nichols’ death. #Antifa #BLM pic.twitter.com/8Aajr7SjY4
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) January 27, 2023
Well here we go. Antifa still hasn’t learned it’s their political leaders that are the ones who are the guilty. Not the public. But they are paid off across the country. When they bring in the bio drones ANTIFA will be a piece of rotten forgotten history. That goes for BLM too. I say bring on the drones and put these fkd up misfits in their graves. Improve America again.
Every “ANTIFA” member needs to be extinguished on site. The ONLY time anyone “fears” Antifa is when they are in a mob – they are otherwise lonely, outcast, losers of society. Utterly weak garbage.
Please let the Real Americans in America know we’ll send you gas cards to help assist you in burning down Babylon and all its satanic Antichrist pedophile demons that dwell within it, befor you empty the can pour some on yourselves and do America a favor
Fu4k you Mastodon you hate this country that much, move to Venezuela or russia or any other place , but do not stay here, we do not need you you M0ther [email protected]