Travis Stevenson, 48, was shot and killed by police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in February 2016.
Police said he allegedly attacked his girlfriend and her child with pepper spray and threatened to commit a suicide. Police officers found Stevenson in his car. They decided to block his car. According to the police department, Stevenson smashed into deputy’s vehicle several times.
A few minutes later, the officers tried to break the window of the car and pull Stevenson out, but they failed. The police then opened fire and shot him dead. Experts found that he died from multiple gunshot wounds to the head and torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He reportedly did not have a gun or any other weapon when he was killed.
Stevenson’s family filed a lawsuit against the city and the police department, accusing them of using excessive force, but their lawsuit was dismissed. The victim’s relatives filed an appeal against the court’s decision, but in June 2021, the state appeals court upheld the decision to dismiss the lawsuit.
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“Stevenson was struck several times, resulting in his death. The incident was not recorded on any dash cameras or body cameras. Furthermore, there is no video of this incident known to law enforcement,” District Attorney Hillar Moore said.
“Learned from family that Travis Stevenson was severely depressed and had been depressed for many years,” said Moore.
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.