What did Jesse Watters say? Tyre Nichols toxicology report claim leaves internet enraged

Jesse Watters
Jesse Watters' comments on Tyre Nichols bodycam footage left netizens enraged (Image via Getty Images)

On Friday, Tyre Nichols' bodycam footage was released by officials. It showed over an hour of confrontation between him and Memphis police officers following a traffic stop earlier this month.

Trigger Warning: This article contains mentions of violence that may be disturbing to some readers. Discretion is advised.

The altercation occurred after officials accused Nichols of alleged reckless driving and eventually tased, beat, and pepper-sprayed him on the road. Nichols was hospitalized and succumbed to his injuries on January 10.

Fox's Jesse Watters says he didn't see "any death blows" in the Tyre Nichols footage, and wonders what will be revealed in the toxicology report.

In the wake of the release of Tyre Nichols' bodycam video, Fox News host Jesse Watters said he did not notice "any death blows" toward the victim in the footage. He said he would wait for his toxicology reports to conclude if drugs were involved in his death.

Jesse Watters shares controversial opinion on Tyre Nichols' death

While discussing Tyre Nichols' bodycam footage, Fox News host Jesse Watters went on to suggest that the former's death could have been due to drugs and questioned the independent autopsy conducted by his family:

“We don’t know if this guy was on something. And we don’t have an autopsy from the city, an official autopsy. Immediately, you know, I didn’t see any death blows. Maybe it was an accumulation of blunt force trauma to the head.”

Shortly after, Watters asked his guest, retired NYPD officer Bill Stanton, to share his take on the video:

“Did you see anything that told you that was it?”

In response, Stanton said that he did not see any police officers "stomping" on Nichols' head or "kicking him in the face" in the footage.

Speaking to another guest Rob O'Donnell, Watters discussed the process of officers restraining suspects:

“Usually when you see a suspect on the ground like this, one of the officers will get on the ground with the suspect, either a knee to the back, some sort of pressure applied to the back or to the arms, and they're able to subdue the suspect.”

Donnell then replied that in New York City, officers cannot get on top and put pressure on the torso to control and handcuff the suspects "because of the laws and regulations they've passed":

“So, you know, that may play a factor here when they go to trial as part of their defense after reviewing their use of force.”

Watters then said that "police tactics have been hamstrung to that level," where officials cannot get on the ground and subdue suspects or stand above them and pepper spray them.

Despite Jesse Watters' claims, Nichols' bodycam footage showed Memphis officers violently tossing the victim to the ground while yelling threatening messages and drawing out guns.


The cops were eventually seen punching Nichols in the head and pepper spraying him before the latter was heard calling out for his mother.

All five officers involved in the incident have been charged with "second-degree murder, aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct, and official oppression."

Netizens react to Jesse Watters' comments on Tyre Nichols' bodycam footage

Social media users call out Jesse Watters over Tyre Nichols remarks (Image via Mike Sington/Twitter)
Social media users call out Jesse Watters over Tyre Nichols remarks (Image via Mike Sington/Twitter)

A newly released bodycam video showed the brutal beating of Tyre Nichols at the hands of five Memphis police officers following a traffic stop incident.

Following the video's release, Fox News host Jesse Watters claimed that he did not see any "deadly blows" in the footage and said that he would be waiting for the toxicology results to conclude if Nichols' death was connected to drugs.

As Watters' comments surfaced online, several social media users took to Twitter to call out the reporter for his opinion. Enraged netizens also slammed people who demanded Nichols' toxicology reports and refused to acknowledge the role of police brutality in his death:

@NikkiMcR I hate @FoxNews and their anchors. It doesn’t matter what’s in a toxicology report.
@NikkiMcR I’d love to see how Jesse would fare in the same situation. Would he still be calling foul?
@NikkiMcR I just deleted Fox Network. Jesse implying that this young man was on drugs is appalling. So disappointed in Jesse
Google has a way of letting me know there are too many of you searching for reasons to excuse the execution of a man at the hands of police. Ya'll googled:Tyre Nichols criminal recordTyre Nichols toxicology reportWhy was Tyre pulled overBrain dead bootlickers.
Humans are so weird. There is a lot of “we need MORE videos from the Paul Pelosi attack” and “we need to see the toxicology report for tyre nichols.” More. More. More. More. It’s creepy.
@NikkiMcR Fox News needs to be shut down... the fact this channel is allowed to spread so much vileness is criminal
@NikkiMcR I never wish suffering on anyone, but Jesse Watters gives me pause.
@NikkiMcR Who cares what will be revealed in the toxicology report at this point. Tyre Nichols was in their custody and they beat him to death. FOX NEWS CAN HO TO HELL!
@NikkiMcR EVEN IF HE WAS ON DRUGS, it doesn't mean his life is forfeit. It doesn't mean he's open game for being suckerpunched while another cop holds him because he's STUMBLING and can barely WALK.I'm so close to just saying anyone trying to defend this are nothing short of "evil", but
They need to run toxicology report on each of those cops. #TyreNichols #Police #BLM

While reactions continue to pour in online, it remains to be seen if Jesse Watters will address the situation and respond to the outrage caused by his remarks in the coming days.

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Edited by Barsha Roy