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TN Politics: City Awaits Potential Bombshell Video in Fatal Police Confrontation

The death of Tyre Nichols, 29, after what might have been an otherwise routine traffic stop by Memphis police on Jan. 7, has become a potential powder keg as city and police officials prepare to release video footage from the incident.

Political analyst Otis Sanford says the civic apprehension is palpable as multiple investigations by the FBI, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and an internal investigation by MPD all contribute to speculation that this may be a disturbing case of police brutality.

The crucial next steps by local police and government leaders should show that actions are being taken to hold the participants accountable.

Also this week, Sanford addresses two proposed bills that could affect elections in Tennessee.

Reporting from the gates of Graceland to the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Christopher has covered Memphis news, arts, culture and politics for more than 20 years in print and on the radio. He is currently WKNO's News Director and Senior Producer at the University of Memphis' Institute for Public Service Reporting. Join his conversations about the Memphis arts scene on the WKNO Culture Desk Facebook page.