Attorney Ben Crump, who represents Tyre Nichols’ family, told CNN's Allison Camerota Thursday the video of the events leading to Nichols’ death will "remind you of Rodney King in many regards."
King, a Black motorist, was beaten by Los Angeles Police Department officers in a 1991 incident that was captured on video, triggering riots a year later after four White officers were acquitted of assault.
The city of Memphis plans to release video of Nichols' arrest sometime after 6 p.m. local time (7 p.m. ET) Friday, according to Shelby County District Attorney Steve Mulroy.
“Being assaulted, battered, punched, kicked, tased, pepper sprayed. It is very troubling,” Crump said.
The attorney noted that at the end of the video Nichols’ can be heard calling for his mother three times before falling silent.
“Then you never hear Tyre Nichols say another word anymore on that video,” he said.
“You see him up against the car, sitting down in handcuffs, and you see his body fall to the right and after a minute or so, they put him back upright. Then you see his body fall to the left and they pick him back up and it's obvious he's in distress (…) he's moaning and nobody renders aid,” Crump told CNN.
“That's what's so painful, because you want some ounce of humanity. Somebody to say, ‘hey, we’ve got to try to help him — and it never occurs and that's what's so troubling about the video,” the attorney said.
Crump said when the video is released on Friday, it will “evoke strong emotions, very strong emotions,” reiterating the Nichols’ family has asked that anyone protesting do so peacefully.