Shreveport, LA – About 100 people in Shreveport walked towards Caddo Correctional Center on Saturday. They called it “May Day, maybe I can’t breathe walking”. It was organized by a group called “The Peoples Promise”.
“We are here to seek justice for injustice. We have 3 deaths in custody, Tommie McGlothen, Wavey Austin, Anthony Childs, and in fact 4 including Casey Simpson. We are marching to the CCC to demand accountability, ”said Breka Peoples of“ People’s Promise ”.
“What we need is an outside investigation by the Department of Justice to help hold our police force here in Shreveport to account,” said Jamar Montgomery of ‘Peoples Promise’.
Here is some general and contextual information about the names just mentioned …
Casey Simpson died in April of this year at Caddo Correctional Center. The coroner ruled that he died of natural causes. There was no evidence of trauma.
Wavey Austin passed away in April of last year.
SPD responded to a complaint at an apartment complex, Austin was found confused and combative, he was handcuffed for medical evaluation and became unresponsive, CPR began, he died in hospital. The coroner said the cause of death was heart disease. There was no sign of trauma.
Tommie MCGlothen Jr. passed away in April 2020.
McGlothen died after fighting with SPD officers. They are accused of beating him with a baton while he was handcuffed. The coroner ruled that the death was due to excited delirium, but the combination of physical force and delayed medical attention caused his death.
Four SPD officers are awaiting trial for homicide through negligence and professional misconduct.
Anthony Childs, passed away in 2019.
He was involved in an armed confrontation with Shreveport Police, fled officers, pulled out a handgun, shot himself in the chest. The officer also fired shots, three of which hit Childs. The coroner ruled the death a suicide, saying Childs’ self-inflicted gunshot was the most fatal. Caddo DA declined to review the case as there was no evidence to contradict the coroner’s conclusion.