Lafayette activists go to Congress to talk about racial disparities in Louisiana
WASHINGTON, DC – Campaigners at Village 337 are asking for help from members of the Congressional Black Caucus on behalf of the families of victims killed by police in Louisiana.
KATC sat down with the mother of Dontronner Robinson, who was killed in a drug raid by police 8 years ago, and allegedly swallowed drugs during a raid; However, she wants the case to be reopened due to the injuries found during her son’s autopsy.
“I want the laws to change because we are living under the old laws and so that no one can hide anything or if it happens to another family I want something done right away,” Casa said. Bean, who spoke in caucus on behalf of her son and explains why she chose to sue the Black Caucus in Washington to change the laws.
After meeting with the Black Caucus, activists tell us they are pushing, along with Congress, for the Justice Department to conduct a “model practice review” on law enforcement in Louisiana.
“So when you talk about role models,” says Devon Norman, president and director of Village 337, “we’re talking literally. For such a long time, they are not controlled. these patterns affect several cases. “
His community organization, and the family of Ronald Greene and “Trun” Robinson, have shared recent grievances over racial disparities in Louisiana and police brutality.
One of the disparities they mentioned to the Black Caucus was the sacking of former Lafayette Police Chief Thomas Glover.
Angela Kately Eaglin, Vice President of Village 337, said: “I told them former Chief Glover had been fired. , we have informed members of Congress of these particular cases. “
Ron Haley, attorney for Dontronner’s mother, says he thinks it’s difficult to hold law enforcement accountable for the way the laws are made: to administer any kind of sanctions or disciplined.
The Congressional Black Caucus intends to keep the group involved in the investigative process. They plan to invite them again to Washington in the coming months.
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