The prosecutor says the entire situation is being scrutinized as more firings are announced
The Texas Police Officer James Brennand, a 17-year-old man in critical condition, is still fighting for his life, district attorney Joe Gonzales said
The Texas police officer who shot a 17-year-old man while he was eating a meal in a McDonald’s parking lot last week has been named, as the teen remains in critical condition, Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales said in a statement.
San Antonio Officer James Brennand, described by the police department as a probationary officer with seven months of experience, was fired for violating the agency’s tactics, training and procedures, police said.
Brian Powers, the defense attorney for Brennand, told CNN that the teen is fighting for his life and that he was still in critical condition on Saturday. Cantu was initially charged with evading detention in a vehicle and assaulting the officer, who had claimed he was struck by the door of the car as the teen backed up.
The district attorney in San Antonio said that his office’s Civil Rights Division would look at the police shooting and the charges against the teen.
Powers said that prosecutors in San Antonio would not be moving forward with charges against his client. A spokesperson for the DA’s office referred CNN to the county’s online court record system, which indicates both charges have been dismissed and the case closed.
“We need all the blessings we can receive at this time. We kindly ask for privacy beyond this update as this is a delicate moment in our lives, and we are focusing on one thing and that’s getting him home,” he added.
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“Let me be clear that I believe that the large majority of members of the San Antonio police department do an excellent job at protecting our community and doing the right thing,” Gonzales said during the conference.
The San Antonio Police Department said in a video statement the officer was handling an unrelated disturbance call at the McDonald’s Sunday night when he saw a car, he believed had evaded police the previous day and called for backup.
Before backup officers arrived, body camera video released by police shows the officer walk up to the driver’s side of the car, open the door, and order the driver out. The visibly startled teen, who was in the driver’s seat eating, put the car in reverse and started backing up.
Brennand shot five times at the car in the video. As the driver shifted the vehicle to move forward, body camera video showed the officer opening fire an additional five times as the car drove away.
The news release said that Kenneth Walker III reached a settlement with the City of Louisville over the police raid that resulted in Taylor’s death.
In previous instances of police violence, including the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in the same year, the swift filing of charges and the release of video differs from what happened here.
They didn’t get a response when Walker and Taylor yelled to ask who was at the door. Believing police to be intruders, Walker grabbed a gun he legally owned and fired a shot when the officers broke through the door, CNN previously reported.
Walker’s federal and state lawsuits were filed in September and March of 2020, respectively. The Louisville Metro Government, along with some of the individual officers involved in obtaining a false search warrant and killing Taylor, were named in both of the lawsuits.
About six months after Taylor was killed, the city paid a historic $12 million settlement to her family to settle a wrongful death lawsuit. At the time, Mayor Greg Fischer said the agreement did not include an admission of wrongdoing.
The Memphis police beating that resulted in the death of a young man, was the focus of protests across the US over the weekend.
After the incident, the five officers were relieved of duty – a standard departmental procedure while their use of force was investigated, police said. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office were enlisted to investigate.
Ben Crump, a family attorney for the Nichols’ family, said he thinks there will be additional ramifications, but whether that leads to criminal charges, is something we have to see.
The district Attorney can’t say if there will be additional charges brought but he said that nothing they did last week prevented them from doing so.
Memphis PD Shutdown after the Tyre Nichols Shooting: Protesting the Charged and Uninvolved Public Employees of the Memphis Police
They waited until 7 p.m. Friday to publicly release the agonizing footage of Nichols’ fatal encounter with officers, allowing time for local politicians, activists and Nichols’ family to make pleas for calm in the community.
Nichols’ death has garnered national attention and drawn comparisons to other instances in which Black people have been killed at the hands of police, including Taylor and Floyd. The video of officers beating Nichols enraged Biden and caused him deep pain.
“Afterward, the suspect complained of having a shortness of breath, at which time an ambulance was called to the scene,” police said. Police said that he died three days after being in critical condition.
“Your on-duty conduct was unjustly, blatantly unprofessional and unbecoming for a sworn public servant,” the Memphis Police Department wrote in requesting that Haley and the other officers be decertified.
As a makeshift memorial grew on the corner where he was beaten, protesters took to the streets in cities like New York, Atlanta, Boston and Los Angeles carrying signs with the name of the young black man who the country heard calling for his mother.
Nichols’ family, now at the center of unfamiliar media attention, remembered him as a good son and father who enjoyed skateboarding, photography and sunsets. They remembered his smile and hugs, but also mourned the moments they will never have again.
On Saturday, Memphis PD said it had permanently deactivated the unit after “listening intently to the family of Tyre Nichols, community leaders and the uninvolved officers who have done quality work in their assignments.
There was a culture of reprehensible conduct that was found in the SCORPION unit. We wanted them to stop immediately so we wouldn’t see anything like this again.
I think the mayor is correct in shutting it down. These kinds of actions aren’t representative of the Memphis Police Department.
Weeks after Tyre Nichols was brutalized by Memphis police officers, city law enforcement officials are being hailed for their unusually rapid investigation and transparency compared to similar cases in other US cities.
We saw a peaceful and direct protest in the city of Memphis and I think we have faith in the system to get it right this time, said Easter-Thomas.
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The officers were all charged with murder and kidnapping on Thursday amid mounting public pressure to release footage of the incident.
Mills Jr.’s attorney, Blake Ballin, told CNN the videos “produced as many questions as they have answers,” specifically regarding his client’s involvement during the fatal encounter, adding that Mills arrived later than other officers and that his vision was impaired by the pepper spray used during the traffic stop.
Two employees of the Memphis Fire Department were relieved of duty, pending the outcome of an internal investigation, as they were part of Nichols initial care. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has put two deputy on leave pending an investigation.
Crump called on Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which passed the Democratic-controlled House in 2021 but not the evenly split Senate.
The Congressional Black Caucus is requesting a meeting with President Joe Biden this week to push for negotiations on police reform, caucus chair Steven Horsford wrote in a news release Sunday.
Gloria Sweet-Love, the Tennessee State Conference NAACP President applauded Memphis Police Chief Davis because he did the right thing by not waiting six months to fire the police officers who beat up a teenager.
She had no applause for Congress, who she called to action saying, “by failing to craft and pass bills to stop police brutality, you’re writing another Black man’s obituary. Take care of the blood of Black America. So stand up and do something.”
Tennessee Police Reform Legislate: Report of Tyre Towns, the Lead Officer, and How to Stop the Police Beat Tyre Nichols
The two Democratic state lawmakers from Tennessee said Saturday they plan to file police reform legislation in time for the Tuesday filing deadline. The mental health care for law enforcement officers, hiring,training, discipline practices and other topics are some of the topics that would be addressed in the bills.
While Democrats hold the minority with 24 representatives compared to the Republican majority of 99 representatives, Rep. Joe Towns Jr. said this legislation is not partisan and should pass on both sides of the legislature.
I think you’d be hard-pressed to not see what happened to that young man, and not want to do anything about it. If a dog in this county were beat that badly, what would happen? Towns said.
Two days after footage of the Memphis police beating of Tyre Nichols was released to the public, the official efforts to respond are already underway.
In Memphis and elsewhere around the country, protesters have taken to the streets to express outrage over the incident and to protest against the treatment of Black people by police.
“We hope that other cities take similar action with their saturation police units in the near future to begin to create greater trust in their communities,” the attorneys said. We need to keep in mind that this is only the next step in the journey for justice and accountability, as clearly it’s not limited to these specialty units. It extends much further.
The Memphis Shooting: An Action Plan for Law Enforcement Reform in the Era of the Memphis Violence, and Two Years After the Nashville Shooting
House Democratic Caucus Chair John Ray Clemmons, Rep. G.A. Hardaway and Rep. Joe Towns, Jr., announced their plan during a press conference on Saturday.
Among the issues the bills aim to address are implicit bias training, mental health evaluations for police officers, limits on officers transferring departments after facing discipline or being fired and a reevaluation of low-level traffic stops, NBC News reported.
Republicans hold a sizable majority in the Tennessee General Assembly, but the Democrats said they were confident they could get bipartisan support because of the magnitude of the incident, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported.
Without federal police reform, I think we’re going to see more and more of these hashtags, so we’ll never be able to keep up with them, according to the leader of the Fraternal Order of Police.
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act would ban chokeholds, prohibit no-knock warrants in federal drug cases, end qualified immunity for law enforcement officers – and more.
Five former officers were indicted Thursday on charges of second-degree murder and kidnapping. On January 7, the day after the traffic stop, the police released their body camera and street footage of the encounter.
“If we look at some past incidents in our country, there’s been some mistakes made,” said Ron Johnson, a former Missouri State Highway Patrol captain, referring to the handling of previous cases of police brutality. A lot of things have been done right in this case.
Two years ago, most of the things we’re seeing here wouldn’t have happened.
A preliminary Louisville Metro Police Department internal report prepared on the raid that led to Taylor’s death suggested that officers violated department rules by opening fire, even after an officer was hit.
The newly released documents are part of a request by the Memphis Police Department that the five officers who have been charged with murder be decertified and prohibited from working in law enforcement again. Each of the requests to decertify were signed by the Memphis Police Chief.
Still, law enforcement and legal analysts are now pointing to Memphis’ actions as a new example of how to maintain trust in the community after fatal police encounters.
The video of the brutal incident, released last month, shone a light on the city’s law enforcement practices and renewed calls for police reform nationwide.
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The preliminary results of an autopsy commissioned by attorneys for Nichols’ family said he suffered “extensive bleeding caused by a severe beating,” family attorney Benjamin Crump said this week.
On January 15, noting the serious nature of the officers’ conduct during the stop,Chief Davis vowed “immediate and appropriate action.” The department was giving notice to the officers.
There were cases when district attorneys did not act quickly, and that’s what the police department apparently learned from.
“They did the right thing in this case by convening a grand jury, investigating the case quickly, and then charging these officers, bringing them into custody.”
Crump, in a news conference Friday, called Memphis’ rapid criminal charges – compared to other cities that have waited months or years in brutality cases – a “blueprint” for police departments, prosecutors and political leaders in future cases.
The Walter Scott case reminded me of the one where he was shot and killed in South Carolina after he was pulled over for a broken brake light.
In court two years later, Slager admitted to using excessive force, acknowledged that he didn’t shoot Scott in self-defense and said his use of force was unreasonable. He pleaded guilty to depriving Scott of his civil rights under the color of law.
CNN law enforcement said, “The last thing you want to do is take a high tension event and then add that thing that’s going to increase tension and people don’t have to be at work in the morning.”
Miller said that the delay allowed authorities to show the public that the wheels of justice are turning quickly. Additionally, the additional time allowed officials to speak with the faith community in Memphis, the voice of the family and the family’s lawyers, and the key community contacts in calling for calm.
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Police departments across the country – including in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Nashville and New York – said they were either monitoring events or already had plans in place in case of protests.
“We’ve watched so many of these cases over the last several years,” Martin said. “And when (law enforcement authorities) come forward and when they’re transparent and they provide information to the community, we typically see a very peaceful response.”
Mostly peaceful protesters in Memphis took to Interstate 55 Friday night after the videos went online, blocking both lanes of the highway’s bridge connecting the western Tennessee city to Arkansas. There were no charges against anyone.
After officers disengaged, Nichols was left multiple times on the pavement without assistance before an ambulance showed up.
The footage stunned hardened law enforcement experts. Officials across the country expressed outrage – including President Joe Biden, who said it was “yet another painful reminder of the profound fear and trauma, the pain, and the exhaustion that Black and Brown Americans experience every single day.”
Cheryl Dorsey, a retired sergeant with the Los Angeles Police Department, said the footage of Nichols’ fatal encounter has left many unanswered questions about what Memphis PD did to prevent the tragedy.
She told CNN that all of this was preventable. There are officers who are on the job who do what they do without supervision. This was not anything that they aren’t accustomed to doing.”
The Chairman of the Memphis City Council grew emotional talking to CNN about the fact that even though there is a positive shift in the handling of brutality cases, much more needs to be done.
The officers and paramedics who responded, as well as the people who filed paperwork, are being looked at by the district attorney.
The district attorney said that prosecutors were “extraordinarily quick” in moving charges against the five officers.
Memphis City Council Member Jeff Warren: “Weakly Defended officers in the Memphis Police Department” after the Memphis Firefighter’s Death
I think we have not seen the end of it. Jeff Warren, a Memphis City Council member, said that they are going to find more to this as they go into the trial. I don’t think we are at the top of this yet.
“We need to make sure that we go through our police department and see where we were weak, what happened with our procedures, what happened with our oversight,” Warren said.
Another officer has also been fired and a seventh has been relieved of duty in connection with the latest police killing to prompt angry nationwide protests and an intense public conversation about how police officers treat Black residents.
Police identified one of the two officers as Preston Hemphill, who is White. Elder wouldn’t say if Hemphill is being paid.
The body- cam video does not show the second site in which the district attorney has said that Nichols was beaten and badly injured.
The fire personnel terminated over their response to the encounter are emergency medical technicians Robert Long and JaMichael Sandridge and fire Lt. Michelle Whitaker, the fire department said Monday.
The fire department found that the EMTs did not conduct an adequate patient assessment and responded based on the initial nature of the call.
After the fire department firings were announced Monday, an attorney for Tyre Nichols’ family, Antonio Romanucci said, “everybody on that scene was complicit in this man’s death, in one way, shape, form, or another, somebody failed Tyre Nichols.”
“Some of the questions that remain will require a focus on Desmond Mills’ individual actions,” and “on whether Desmond’s actions crossed the lines that were crossed by other officers during this incident,” Ballin said.
While some have praised Chief Cerelyn “CJ” Davis’ swift action in the case, she is also who created the now-deactivated SCORPION police unit that the charged officers were part of.
The attorney said that they either failed by using excessive force or they failed him by not rendering aid.
The Minnesota Police Department’s Public Information Director apologized to the Minneapolis Police Department for the death of Tyre Nichols, the victim of Martin Luther King Jr.
The attorney said Nichols’ family still is trying to absorb the breadth of this multi-agency investigation, while also dealing with the loss of their loved one.
On Tuesday, Sharpton and Nichols’ family gathered at the Mason Temple Church of God In Christ headquarters in Memphis – where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famed “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech the night before he was killed.
In the days since Tennessee officials released video footage of Memphis police officers brutally beating Tyre Nichols, law enforcement has faced a new wave of criticism.
Police officers sometimes use unclear and obfuscatory language to describe violent crimes, which can damage trust with the communities they serve.
On May 25, 2020, the Minneapolis Police Department said officers responded to a forgery in progress and arrested a suspect. The suspect was placed into handcuffs after officers noted that he appeared to be having a medical issue. “Officers called for an ambulance.”
George Floyd was the man captured on video by a bystander as a former Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck while he begged for his life. Floyd died that day.
When the New York Police Department disclosed Eric Garner’s death in 2014, a police spokesperson said a man was “being placed in custody, went into cardiac arrest and died,” according to a New York Daily News article at the time.
In 2018, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office first said that 23-year-old Dujuan Armstrong died of a drug overdose inside the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, Calif. The body-camera footage released later showed that he was put in a jacket and mask before he became unresponsive. The autopsy found that the man died of asphyxiation.
John Elder was the Minneapolis Police Department’s public information director in 2020 and wrote a statement about Floyd’s death. He told the Los Angeles Times that he got his information from sergeants and computer-aided dispatch, and that he hadn’t seen any video footage of the encounter before writing the press release.
“This had literally zero intent to deceive or be dishonest or disingenuous. Had we known that this [situation] was what we saw on the video, that statement would have been completely different,” Elder told the newspaper.
There are discrepancies in the report or in statements that are put out that don’t match the evidence that comes out, and that is what the conflict is about. And when the language that is used is particularly one that tries to abdicate responsibility,” she said.
She said she worked with an agency that brought in community leaders for an explanation of an incident before talking to the media. Departments can also acknowledge if they are still looking into what happened, she said, including if they haven’t reviewed any video evidence yet.
Police said there had been a confrontation between the driver and the officers. The suspect fled the scene on foot, and another “confrontation occurred” as officers tried to take him into custody, the statement said.
“It is a very problematic situation, and this goes back to what we saw with the Derek Chauvin case,” said Justin Hansford, a law professor and the executive director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at Howard University. We have a huge gap between what was written in the police report and what actually happened. We need to rethink the issue of believing police reports on their face as they are released.
“And I beat the ever-living f*** out of him, choked him and everything else trying to get him under control and we finally got him in handcuffs,” trooper Chris Hollingsworth said in the video. He added Greene “was still fighting and we was still wrestling with him trying to hold him down because he was spitting blood everywhere.”
But videos from police body camera and dash camera told a different story of what happened on the night of May 10, 2019, near the city of Monroe. The footage shows officers tasing and restraining Greene after the crash.
The car crash that killed Hollingsworth happened in September 2020. In December 2022, five law enforcement officers involved in the arrest were indicted on state charges ranging from negligent homicide to malfeasance in office and obstruction of justice.
The initial police news release documenting the arrest of George Floyd in May 2020 simply stated: “Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress. They called for an ambulance. A man in his 40s was pronounced dead after he was picked up by ambulance and taken to the medical center.
One bystander who took video, Darnella Frazier, testified during Chauvin’s trial. “I heard George Floyd saying — I can’t breathe. Please. Get off me. I can’t breathe,” she testified. It felt like he knew that it was over for his mom.
Several other bystanders also captured video of the encounter, including another high school student, an off-duty firefighter and an employee at the Speedway across the street.
Laquan McDonald, 27, and the Chicago police officer shot and killed in febreel 2014: Indictment and probable trial of Brett Hankison
Chauvin would be sentenced to longer than the 12 and a half years recommended by the judge because Floyd’s murder was one of the four “aggregation factors”.
Taylor was hit by bullets six times when her boyfriend shot at the officers. Walker later said he believed the officers to be intruders.
When the provided circumstances made it unsafe to take a shot, the officers took a total of thirty-two shots. The wrong person was shot and killed.
One of the officers at the scene, Brett Hankison, is expected to stand trial in 2022 on charges of wanton endangerment for allegedly firing into an adjacent occupied apartment, according to the state attorney general. Hankison was fired in June 2020.
The bystander that took the cellphone video was a fan of Scott. Prosecutors argue that the video shows the firing of the gun at Scott’s back as well as the dropping of the taser on his body.
In the wake of Laquan McDonald’s 2014 fatal shooting by a police officer, 11 Chicago police officers were accused of making false statements to exaggerate the threat he posed. The investigation report from Inspector General Joseph Ferguson said that handwritten notes were allegedly destroyed by the lieutenant who led the shooting investigation.
Police initially said McDonald was armed with a knife when he approached officers and refused to drop it when they ordered him to do so. He shot McDonald 16 times in October 2014.
After 13 months, the dashboard police camera footage of the shooting was ordered to be released by a judge. McDonald walked away from officers instead of charging at them.
The funeral of Tyre Nichols and the remembrance of his brother, George Floyd, who was shot by a cop
The funeral for Tyre Nichols is set to be held in Memphis on Wednesday, roughly three weeks after he died following a beating by police that was caught on video and sparked a wave of protests and calls for accountability nationwide.
The public release of a video of the attack on Nichols shook a nation used to videos of police brutality against people of color. Five of the officers charged are black.
Representing other Black people killed by police, Tamika Palmer – whose daughter Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in her Louisville, Kentucky, home by police during a botched raid in March 2020 – is expected to attend the service.
Also expected is Philonise Floyd, the younger brother of George Floyd, whose name reverberated across the nation following his May 2020 death after an ex-cop Minneapolis cop knelt on his neck and back for more than 9 minutes.
Vice President Harris is due to attend the funeral at the invitation of the family. George Floyd’s brother Philonise and the mother of Breonna Taylor are expected.
The Rev. Al Sharpton, in a painfully familiar role, will deliver a eulogy that will pay tribute to Nichols’ life and serve as a clarion call for justice.
They won’t ever recover from the loss. There is a missing chair at their table every holiday. Every day this mother and father and brothers and sisters will have to remember he’s gone,” Sharpton said. “But we will never leave them.”
My brother was the most pleasant person you have ever met. He’s never lifted a finger to nobody. Dupree said that he never raised his voice to anyone. He would tell us to do it peacefully if he were here today.
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The brutal attack sparked largely peaceful protests from New York to Los Angeles as well as renewed calls for police reform and scrutiny of specialized police units that target guns in high crime areas.
RowVaughn Wells said that Nichols was the baby of the family and that he spent Sundays preparing for the week.
He moved to Memphis from California right before the Covid-19 pandemic and remained there after the mandatory lock downs prompted by the health crisis, his mother has said.
Nichols was a regular at a Germantown, Tennessee, Starbucks where he befriended a group of people who regularly set aside their cellphone at a table and talked mostly about sports, particularly his beloved San Franscisco 49ers, according to friend Nate Spates Jr.
After Starbucks, he went to his job at FedEx. His mother said he would come home for dinner during his break. His favorite dish is her sesame chicken.
In fact, taking pictures served as a form of self-expression that writing could never capture for Nichols, who had written on his photography website that it helped him look “at the world in a more creative way.”
The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office’s Investigation of a Shooting-Induced Second Degree Murder involving a Memphis Christian Church Officer
The Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church is located in Memphis. The time is CENTRAL. They said that the funeral would be on the internet.
The officer, Demetrius Haley, stood over Nichols as he lay propped against a police car and took photographs, which Haley sent to other officers and a female acquaintance, according to documents released by the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission.
The lawyers for the other four officers either declined to comment or did not respond to requests from The Associated Press.
A statement indicates that Haley, who was driving a car that was marked with his name on it, sprayed the driver with a chemical irritant spray after forcing him from his car.
“You and other officers were captured on body worn camera making multiple unprofessional comments, laughing, bragging about your involvement,” the decertification charges against Mills said.
Mills was accused of failing to give a accurate account of what happened after he admitted he did not provide immediate medical aid and walked away from the scene with irritant spray in his hand.
A hearing officer wrote that Smith admitted to using a closed fist and his partner were unable to cuff him. You sprayed the subject with your chemical irritant spray and then held the individual’s arm, as other officers kicked, punched and pepper sprayed him.
The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office confirmed in an email to NPR that it will review closed and pending cases connected to Demetrius Haley, Desmond Mills Jr., Emmitt Martin III, Justin Smith and Tadarrius Bean, who have all been fired and charged with second-degree murder.
NPR’s Martin Kaste told All Things Considered that the documents, which pertain to the department’s internal review, “paint a picture of officers with a very unprofessional attitude.”
In addition to putting the officers’ other cases up for review, county officials put their names on a so-called list of police officials accused of being dishonest or facing criminal charges.
Brandon Hall told the Commercial Appeal he expects a similar outcome to other cases after seeing a prosecutor drop a case in court.
Another defense attorney and former Shelby County prosecutor, Josh Corman, told the newspaper that prosecutors have been reviewing cases connected to the five officers and that he thinks “it would be a nightmare for any prosecutor to use them as a witness.”
The Executive Director of the Memphis Branch of the NAACP said her office received several police-related complaints about the officers, but she didn’t say whether they were about those specific officers or the SCORPION unit.
“They didn’t display integrity, which makes me fear that others have been treated this way,” she said. You’re definitely going to have to reopen cases if they discover someone might have been convicted for something that they did not do.
The Shreveport Black Mans, 43, Shooting and Stealthening: The Louisiana State Police ‘Wrongful Death’
The family of a black man who was killed by a Shreveport police officer filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the officer.
Bagley, 43, was shot and killed earlier this month after police responded to a domestic disturbance call at an apartment complex, Louisiana State Police said in a statement. When two officers arrived around 10:50 p.m. on February 3, Bagley jumped down from an apartment balcony and fled, said the statement from state police, which is the agency investigating the shooting.
The “use of lethal force against an unarmed man who posed no threat is objectively unreasonable, excessive and wholly without justification,” the lawsuit alleges.
Tyler is currently on paid administrative leave pending results of the state police investigation, the Shreveport Police Department told CNN. The officer has been with the department for over a year, Chief Wayne Smith said.
A group of police officers and troopers in Louisiana were indicted last year on charges stemming from the death of a 49-year-old Black man who was beaten while in police custody.
Davis asked for the community to remain patient as the investigation continued following Bagley’s death. “Transparency in the investigation is a priority for our agency.”
“The family hopes to view the video before (Bagley’s) funeral,” Ronald Haley, the family’s attorney, told CNN, noting the funeral is scheduled for Saturday.
Further information will be provided by the District Attorney’s Office. We do not have a timeline at this time,” Nick Manale, a spokesperson for state police, told CNN via email.
Laura Fulco, the first assistant district attorney in Caddo Parish, said Louisiana State police has a case under investigation. “It is still under investigation.”