Grand Jury Indicts 4 Shreveport Police Officers For Negligent Homicide
SPD OFFICERS INDICTED- A Caddo Parish grand jury has charged four city of Shreveport police officers with negligent homicide in the April 2019 death of a 44-year-old Black man. The indictment was announced late Friday in a news release from Caddo Parish District Attorney James Stewart’s Office. Tommie McGlothen Jr. died April 6 after an altercation with police. In June, a local television station aired cellphone video showing officers appearing to hit and use a Taser on McGlothen. He was reportedly left in a police vehicle for some time when he was later found unresponsive and he later died. Speaking before local media – Attorney James Carter who is representing McGlothen’s family commented about the indictment.
"It is a change in America now, we have a different mentality, we have a different approach. It's a more unified approach than we've ever had." James Carter, attorney for the McGlothen family
"It is a change in America now," Carter said, "we have a different mentality, we have a different approach. It's a more unified approach than we've ever had."
The Caddo Parish DA’s news release says investigators determined that officers used excessive force and failed to call for medical assistance. A coroner’s report indicated McGlothen’s death was preventable.