“As the only eyewitness says, the time they kicked in the door, it was sudden.” The family of the man killed by a WBR Deputy is seeking answers nearly a week later

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“What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now.”

Walking to a podium set outside The West Baton Rouge Court House, hand in hand. The family of Josef Richardson said, they want to know what happened at the Budget 7 Motel last Thursday, leading up to the moment the 38-year-old was killed.

“We just demand, demand answers. As the spokesman for this family, until the day I die if we don’t get any answers, today, tomorrow or next week y’all know I’m going to beat the street” said Reynard Douglas, Richardson’s nephew and family spokesperson.

On the steps of the West Baton Rouge Parish Court House, the family along with their attorneys called for complete honesty in the case.

“What we are demanding is transparency, we are demanding accountability and most important of the 3, we are demanding the truth” said Civil rights Attorney, Benjamin Crump.

Last week, Richardson was shot by a West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Deputy. Tuesday afternoon, the coroner’s office confirmed, Richardson was shot in the back of the neck.

“As the only eyewitness says, the time they kicked in the door, it was sudden. It wasn’t time to comply with in verbal commands or anything he was shot in the back of his skull, at the base of his skull” said Crump.

As the crowd stood chanting, Richardson’s mother asked that it remains peaceful throughout the entire process.

“We want justice, but we do not want no violence.”

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