The mother of a US motorist who died after he was allegedly beaten by police has said the five charged officers “disgraced their own families”.
Tyre Nichols, 29, passed away in hospital three days after the confrontation following a traffic stop in the city of Memphis, Tennessee, on 7 January.
Bodycam footage of the altercation is expected to be released this evening.
Five sacked officers, who are all black, have been charged with second-degree murder and other crimes, including assault, kidnapping, official misconduct and official oppression, over Mr Nichols’s killing.
Mr Nicols’s mother, RowVaughn Wells, said: “I want to say to the five police officers who murdered my son, you also disgraced your own families when you did this.
“But I am going to pray for you and your families. Because this shouldn’t have happened. We want justice for my son.”
She also said she had not yet seen the video but urged anyone with children not to let them watch it.
“I have never seen the video but what I have heard is very horrific,” she added.
Police pulled Mr Nichols over for alleged reckless driving before there was an “altercation” where officers used pepper spray on him, according to Shelby County district attorney Steve Mulroy.
Mr Nichols then tried to flee on foot and another altercation followed, he added.
His family say the officers beat him and the injuries he sustained during the encounter led to his death.
The footage capturing the confrontation between Mr Nichols and police is appalling, FBI director Christopher Wray has said.
“What happened in Memphis is obviously tragic. I have seen the video myself and I will tell you I was appalled,” he said.
Mr Wray and US attorney general Merrick Garland have urged a peaceful and non-violent response when the video is made public.