According to state police in Louisiana, a sheriff’s deputy in Baton Rouge shot and killed a person who was carrying a weapon at an apartment complex. A Sunday news release says 25-year-old Deaughn Willis had been shot on Saturday morning.
The shooting took place as Baton Rouge police and East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies were searching for a kidnapping suspect that morning. It has not yet been made clear whether or how Willis was connected to the kidnapping investigation.
Willis was pronounced dead at the scene, which was the Springbrook apartment complex, by the parish coroner’s office. State police have been investigating the incident and will turn their findings in to the parish district attorney.
Police use of force practices have been under intense scrutiny for almost two years following the death of George Floyd in 2020 during a stop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While he was being arrested, a police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes, and Floyd was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
His death sparked widespread outrage, including calls to reform police practices and defund police departments in many cities across the nation. Floyd, a black man, was unarmed at the time.
Despite calls to divert funding away from police departments in favor of hiring social workers in their place, the movement has not made much progress amid spikes in violent crime last year, and many Democrats who once supported the idea now have backtracked.
“I think allowing this moniker, ‘Defund the police,’ to ever get out there, was not a good thing,” said Democratic Attorney General of Minnesota Keith Ellison. The message had been picked up in Congress by the most progressive members, including Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar and Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib.
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