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Footage of a fatal traffic stop between a black motorist and white officer in central Louisiana that turned into a 30-second struggle on the ground before the officer fired his weapon has been released by state police.

Derrick J. Ben Crump, a prominent civil rights attorney representing the family of Kittling – the 45-year-old motorist fatally shot in the head during the incident – called the death “unjust” and “completely preventable”.


In addition, Crump demanded that the officer involved – Rapids Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Rodney Anderson – be fired and accused him of framing Kittling. The deputy has been placed on administrative leave while the Louisiana State Police investigates the incident.

“Law enforcement officers who act without considering the deadly consequences of using force should not be serving our communities,” said Crump, who has taken over some of the country’s most high-profile police killings of black people. , including representing Trayvon’s families. Martin, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. “This community deserves to know that law enforcement in their communities will protect and serve, not inflict lethal harm.”

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Video of the Nov. 6 officer-involved shooting — recorded on the deputy’s body-worn camera, the dashboard camera in his patrol vehicle and also taken by a nearby bystander — was released Sunday “to give the community a better understanding.” for” case, said state police spokeswoman Lt. Melissa Matey.

The video begins with Kittling being pulled over by Anderson, who was driving a pickup truck, in a residential area of ​​Alexandria around 1:20 p.m. for a “violation with his window tint and modified exhaust” by Louisiana State Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis. is driving police told reporters on Sunday.

After Kittling stops the truck, he gets out – without any signs – and steps away from the vehicle. Anderson tells Kittling three times to walk behind the truck and also tells him to keep his hands out of his pockets. Kittling complies.

As Anderson approaches Kittling, he says, “Face your back – face your truck for me. Face the truck.”

“What’s the issue?” Kittling asks, looking at the deputy.

“Because you’re excited.

“I’m following. I can’t hear you,” replied Kittling, pointing to his ear with his free hand. He then asks the deputy if he can get his phone, and Anderson, while continuing to hold his wrist, tells him, “We’ll get to that. Just turn and face the truck.”

Anderson grabs Kittling’s wrist with both hands, as Kittling asks “What did I do? What’s wrong with you? Why do you hold me, man?”

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The deputy tells Kittling to put his hands behind his back several times – holding the man’s wrists – as Kittling asks, “For what?”

At no point in the recorded conversation did Anderson tell Kittling why he was pulled over. When asked whether Anderson followed proper procedure in making the traffic stop, Davis said he was unsure of the sheriff’s office’s policies and protocols.

Anderson can be seen unfurling his Taser, at which point a struggle ensues, in which Kittling grabs the deputy’s wrist and both men are seen falling to the ground.

As the men grapple, Anderson’s body camera shows a close struggle, during which the Taser can be heard being deployed twice. It is not clear from the footage whether the Taser teeth hit any one person. At one point, state police said Anderson lost possession of his Taser and Kittling retrieved it. Seconds later, the sound of the officer’s gun being fired is heard.

Anderson called into his radio, “Gunshots fired. Gunshots fired.” He walks back to his SUV while Kittling lies motionless on the ground. “Shot fired. One subject down. Gunshot wound to the head. I’m bleeding from my head.”

Kittling was taken to a local hospital, but he was pronounced dead. Anderson had minor injuries, according to law enforcement.

Davis asked the community to “be patient as we continue to conduct a very thorough investigation.”

Davis said, “There are witnesses we have to interview. We have additional evidence we have to secure … What’s next is going to continue a very thorough investigation.” “We are not going to take any shortcuts. We will do everything possible to ensure that we get the facts for this investigation.”