ACLU of Louisiana speaks on recent killing of panhandler in Trader Joe’s parking lot

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- After the release of Jace Boyd, the man wanted in connection with the shooting of Danny Buckley, a Black panhandler, outside a local Trader Joe’s, the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana released this statement.

“Police officers spend a lot of time defending the violence they perpetrate against Black people – but it is how they treat white people that says just as much about the state of policing in America today. While Black men like Jacob Blake are shot in the back for threats that are merely perceived, white men like Kyle Rittenhouse and Jace Boyd can gun people down in the street and still be treated with dignity and respect by law enforcement. There is not a shadow of a doubt that if Jace Boyd were Black, he would not have been respectfully questioned and then released by investigators. These incidents clearly demonstrate the inherent racism of policing and wholly discredit arguments that we cannot reform policing without compromising public safety. Right now we have two systems of justice in America and it is making all of us less safe. Equal justice under the law will continue to be a myth until America can reckon with and root out the endemic racism that treats Black lives like they don’t matter,” Executive Director of the ACLU of Louisiana, Alanah Odoms Hebert said.

61-year-old Danny Buckley, was shot in the Trader Joe’s parking lot last weekend on Perkins Rd.

According to The Advocate, Boyd “acknowledged shooting Danny Buckley, 61, on Saturday night. Officers contacted Boyd on the scene and later interviewed him about the shooting but did not arrest him, pending a further investigation.”

Boyd was arrested by the Baton Rouge Police Department on Thursday.

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