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Political Rewind: Memphis police release video of Tyre Nichols beating; Peaceful protests in Georgia
Eric Tanenblatt, @ericjtanenblatt, Republican insider
Jen Jordan, former state senator
Patricia Murphy, @MurphyAJC, political reporter and columnist, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tammy Greer, professor of political science, Clark Atlanta University
1. Last Friday, Memphis police released four videos that detailed the death of Tyre Nichols.
- Five Memphis police officers fatally beat Nichols following a traffic stop. Nationwide, activists are calling for reform yet again.
- The Memphis Police Department disbanded the "Scorpion" unit responsible for Nichols' death. Tennessee Democrats also vowed to propose legislation to reform policing.
- Gov. Brian Kemp and Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens collaborated, mobilizing the National Guard, seemingly in anticipation of violent protests that never came.
2. The Legislature seems to have no appetite for culture wars — for now.
- Notably absent from the agenda are issues like the Buckhead City Movement, legislation around LGBTQ+ rights, and abortion access.
- Georgia's current abortion law is tied up in court. It's been up in the air; a Fulton County judge struck down the law before it was reinstated by the state Supreme Court.
- Sports betting is also on the table. According to the AJC, 49% of Georgians support gambling on sports events through in-state businesses.
Tuesday on Political Rewind: The AJC's Tamar Hallerman joins the panel.