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."
Police Departments from cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and Seattle have also been placed on high alert for potential rioting.
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