The following statement was issued today, January 27, 2023, by Irving Police Chief Derick Miller on the murder of Tyre Nichols.
"The murder of Tyre Nichols at the hands of Memphis police officers is appalling. But as leaders of our community, we must not just be appalled. We must be resolute in our determination to look deep within our practices, policies, and even our ranks to ensure this deplorable misuse of authority can never happen again.
"We must hold each other to a higher standard, and we must not let bad officers continue to tarnish the badge we wear. Every day in departments across the country, in every city, county, and state, police officers are making connections with their community members and building those relationships. I am thankful for those relationships in the City of Irving. Let us remember that and not let the actions of these five set us back, but instead, be a catalyst which leads us to an even stronger bond.
"I fully support the arrest of these officers. Those who do wrong should be held accountable, especially the police. I pray for the Nichols family and for peace tonight across our country." - Derick Miller, Chief of Police, Irving Police Department.