Skateboard legend Tony Hawk wants to preserve the memory of another skateboarder -- Tyre Nichols, who died three days after a confrontation with Memphis police officers last month.
Hawk, 54, said in a tweet on Friday that he will donate half of the proceeds of autograph photo cards of himself and BMX rider Rick Thorne to a memorial fund for Nichols, 29, who died Jan. 10.
“My proceeds from these will go to the Tyre Nichols Memorial Fund, which includes plans to build a public skatepark in his honor; as our worlds continue to grieve his loss,” Hawk tweeted. “He was a talented skater among other admirable traits. Let’s keep his legacy alive.”
The proceeds donated to Nichols’ memorial fund will help his family out,” and will “build a memorial skate park in his name, honoring his love for skateboarding.”
Nichols died three days after Memphis police stopped him for what they said was a traffic violation.
On Jan. 27, the Memphis Police Department released more than an hour of video footage showing the deadly confrontation between Nichols and the agency’s officers.
>> To see the unedited video released by Memphis police, click here. Warning: The videos are graphic and contain profanity.
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