BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The family of a 22-year-old killed in a crash during a police chase in October 2020 demand protocol changes from law enforcement.
The family’s attorneys, Ronald Haley Jr. and Chase Trichell, held a press conference at 10 a.m. Thursday outside the 19th Judicial District Courthouse. The attorneys spoke about how police chase protocols have not changed since the fatal 2020 crash.
Thaddeus Johnson Jr., 22, was killed during a multiparish high-speed police chase reaching 120 miles per hour after a vehicle allegedly stolen by teenage girls, the attorneys said.
“No rule, law, or better judgment put an end to the reckless chase. Only after tearing through Pointe Coupee Parish, West Feliciana Parish, East Feliciana Parish and East Baton Rouge Parish did the pursuit end,” the attorneys said in a news release. “And it ended only because the wanton disregard for public safety finally led to the deaths of two young people.”
The attorneys said litigation is ongoing after Johnson’s mother, Meriam Smith, sued departments involved in the 2020 police chase. She continues to demand changes to police chase protocols.
Haley and Trichell were joined by attorney Jarrett Ambeau, who is representing the family of Caroline Gill. Gill was one of the two teenage crash victims who died in a New Year’s Eve crash during a police chase after a home invasion suspect.