Footage of a deadly traffic stop in central Louisiana between a Black motorist and white officer, which spiraled into a 30-second struggle on the ground before the officer fired his weapon, has been released by state police.
Ben Crump, a prominent civil rights attorney representing the family of Derrick J Kittling – the 45-year-old motorist fatally shot in the head – called the death “unwarranted” and “completely preventable”. In addition, Crump demanded that the officer involved, Rapides parish sheriff’s office deputy, Rodney Anderson, be fired and accused him of profiling Kittling. The deputy has been placed on administrative leave while Louisiana state police investigate.
“Law enforcement officers who act without consideration of the deadly consequences of using force should not be serving our communities,” said Crump, who has taken on some of the nation’s most high-profile police killings of Black people, including representing the families of Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. “This community deserves to know that law enforcement in their communities will protect and serve, not inflict deadly harm.”
Video of the officer-involved shooting on 6 November – recorded on the deputy’s body camera, the dashboard camera in his patrol vehicle and also taken by a nearby bystander – was released on Sunday…
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