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Memphis Police Department under national review

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Department of Justice launches review into Tyre Nichols’ death

 
In the wake of the death of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man fatally beaten by Memphis police officers, the U.S. Justice Department will participate in a review of the city’s police department.

That review was disclosed in a bulletin by Memphis mayor Jim Strickland.

He wrote that the DOJ along with an association of police executives would take part in an “independent external review” requested by the city to address the department’s special units and use-of-force policies.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday.

Video released last month showed five now-former Memphis officers beating the unarmed Nichols with fists and batons as they shouted commands at him.

Throughout, Nichols can be heard crying out for his mother. He was hospitalised and died of his injuries three days later.

The five officers, all of them Black, have since been fired and charged with second-degree murder, kidnapping, and other crimes.

Nichols’ death has further fuelled an ongoing national debate in the United States about race and police brutality.

At her son’s funeral, Nichols’ mother, RowVaughn Wells, called on lawmakers to pass police reform legislation.

Wells is due to attend President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on Tuesday in Washington. #trending #featured

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TikTok implements stricter guidelines on weight-loss drug promotion

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TikTok is tightening its regulations on influencers who promote weight-loss drugs like Ozempic.

With over 170 million users in the US, the app aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful content related to rapid weight loss.

Starting in May, TikTok will prohibit influencers from posting “before-and-after” photos and restrict minors from accessing weight-loss content deemed risky. The crackdown extends to any content promoting drastic weight loss methods, aiming to combat the promotion of unrealistic body standards.

However, some influencers, like Dave Knapp and Kim Carlos, criticise the move, arguing it discriminates against those with health conditions. Others fear losing their income as TikTok takes down their content, prompting concerns about the platform’s future amid potential US bans.

As TikTok enforces stricter guidelines, influencers may seek alternative platforms to share weight-loss content. Despite the popularity of drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, the crackdown reflects growing concerns about the impact of such promotions on user health.

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Game on with indie devs celebrated by Nintendo

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Nintendo Switch fans rejoice! The recent Indie World Showcase unveiled 17 new titles coming in 2024.

Including in the rundown is the adorable “Little Kitty, Big City” and explosive platformer “Anton Blast.” In other news, “Stellar Blade” confirms an uncensored release on PlayStation 5, Fallout’s TV adaptation gears up for Season 2, and Keanu Reeves joins the cast of Sonic 3 as Shadow. New releases this week include “Tales of Kenzera: Zau” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants,” while “Fallout 4” gets a next-gen update. With “Stellar Blade” topping the list, gamers have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

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What are the major takeaways from day one of Trump’s trial?

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The first day of Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial that the former president broke the law and corrupted the 2016 election, while his defence lawyer said he committed no crime.

On this episode of Ticker Today – Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial is officially underway, President Joe Biden makes cannibal claims, TikTok US ban enters the next phase and Gen Z’s are dropping degrees and picking up tools to become blue-collar workers.

Ticker’s Ahron Young and Veronica Dudo discuss.

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