Tyro Nichols’ parents and man who disarmed gunman in Monterey park invited to Biden’s State of the Union address
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump speaks next to a photo of Nichols during a news conference on Jan. 27, 2023, in Memphis, Tennessee, with the parents of Tyre Nichols and religious and community leaders.
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Parents a Tyr Nichols and the man who disarmed Monterey Park suspect Shooter was invited to attend President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on February 7.
The the brutal beating of Nichols by Memphis police and mass shooting at a dance hall in Monterey Park, California, this month renewed calls for police and gun control.
Rep. Stephen Horsford, R-Nev., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said during an appearance on MSNBC Sunday that Nichols’ parents had accepted his invitation to visit the State Union.
“I spoke to the family of Tyre Nichols earlier today on behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus to first express our condolences to them, to let them know we are with them, to ask them what they want from us at this time, to honor their legacy son and to invite them to be our guests at the State of the Union on February 7th so that we can make sure that this issue of police culture, a police culture that unfortunately in this country right now has contributed to countless deaths,” Horsford said.
Brandon Tse, who disarmed the Monterey Park shooter at a dance hall in Alhambra, Calif., minutes after The gunman killed 11 people and wounded at least nine others was first invited to the State of the Union address by Rep. Judy Chu, D-California.
During a ceremony of awarding the “For Courage” medal. in the city of Alhambra on Sunday, Chu said Tsai’s actions were “so strange” that she invited him to be her guest at the presidential address. But just an hour after she spoke with Tsai, the president himself asked Tsai to be his guest, Chu said.
“I can’t believe you denied me the presidency,” Chu joked to Tsai.
In connection with the tragedy, the president spoke with the parents of Nichols and Tsai.
on friday Biden spoke on the phone with Nichols’ mother and stepfatherRowVaughn Wells and Rodney Wells, who were allowed private watching a video showing a brutal beating Nichols by Memphis police days before the public release last week. During the conversation with them, Biden expressed his condolences on the death of the 29-year-old guy and praised the courage and strength of the family, the White House said.
The president also said he was “outraged and deeply saddened” by the response to the videos of the beating of Nichols. In a statement shortly after the video was released, Biden called the images “appalling.”
“This is another painful reminder of the deep fear and trauma and pain and exhaustion that black and brown Americans experience every day,” Biden said.
Last week, Biden called Tsai to thank him for his courageous act in disarming the Monterey Park shooter.
“Instead of running, Brendan said he thought he was going to die. But then he thought about the people on the inside,” the president said last week, addressing the recent mass shootings in California that have affected the Asian-American community. “And at this point he is guided by instinct. And he is guided by his courage… He lunged at the gunman, knocked him to the ground and took his semi-automatic pistol from him.”
The president is trying to use his the second address on the position of the Union to illustrate how legislation passed over the past two years has helped deliver on key promises he made to voters — especially on the economy — as he prepares for a likely re-election campaign.
Aides emphasize that the president’s future address to Congress is still under development. But he is also likely to address threats to democracy and pressing political issues such as more gun safety measures and immigration.
Mike Mamoli contributed.