Josef Richardson’s attorney says community oversight board would be great for the community

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Port Allen residents are fed up and ready for change.

“When we have these type of issues that come in its causes a lot of hostility in our communities,” one resident said.

After the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriffs Office identified Vance Matranga as the deputy who shot and killed Josef Richardson in a motel room, the people of Port Allen are calling for a community oversight board.

“Community oversight boards are trending across the united states now because of the increased amount of police misconduct,” one resident said.

This means the board will work with law enforcement to ensure community members are being treated fairly.

“We need them in our community,” she went on to say.

Residents believe questionable conduct from law enforcement should get more attention.

“Police misconduct includes police shootings, police brutality, excessive force, targeting, and even police profiling,” she said.

Some misconduct Richardson’s family and legal team believe Deputy Matranga engaged in when he shot Richardson in the back of the neck.

“We are demanding transparency, we are demanding accountability, and most importantly we’re demanding the truth,” attorney Benjamin Crump said.

Though one of Richardson’s family’s attorney’s, Ronald Haley, says he doesn’t think the board could have prevented Richardson’s death, he says he believes the committee is a good idea and would bring peace to the community.

“I think if you know you have a independent body in place that’s going to come in and look at these things, I think its more digestible for the public to know to have confidence that the same script is not going to be written,” Haley said.

At the meeting residents were calling on elected officials to join in their fight and said this type of board will help residents once again trust the justice system.

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