4 Louisiana cops fired after black man’s death

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana judge has acquitted four city police officers of the death of a black man arrested in April 2020.

Caddo District Court Judge Chris Victory ruled Friday that prosecutors could not prove their case against Brian Ross, James LeClare, Treona McCarter and D’Marea Johnson, news outlets reported.

Both had been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Tommie McGlothen and misconduct as Shreveport Police Officers.

All four waived their right to a jury trial. After prosecutors presented their case, defense attorneys asked the judge to rule without hearing defense statements. After reviewing the case overnight, he did so.

“Our office has not yet commented on the case,” John Andrew Prime, spokesman for the Caddo County District Attorney’s Office, said in an email Monday. Shreveport Police did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.

McGlothen’s family is proceeding with a wrongful death lawsuit against the city in federal court, her attorney said.

During the trial, prosecutors announced that they had brought the case to two grand juries, the second indicting the officers.

In their motion for a so-called directed acquittal, defense attorneys noted that the Louisiana State Police and the US Department of Justice reviewed the case and did not refer it to prosecutors.

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