Josef Richardson’s funeral

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Many tears were shed Friday afternoon as Josef Richardson’s family laid him to rest.

“We’re doing our best,” Josef’s brother, Joseph Richardson III, said.

15 days after Richardson was shot and killed by a sheriffs deputy his family began to grieve by saying their last goodbyes.

“All we can do is move forward and hope the judicial system will do its job and bring forth justice and truth,” Richardson III said.

Loved ones hugged and clutched each other tightly, comforting each other through this tough time and hoping to one day get answers.

“We still haven’t heard anything, any factual information,” Richardson III said.

On Wednesday lawyers representing the family filed a public information request with the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office in hopes of finding out what led to the shooting on July 25. Now attorney Haley says they should be getting answers soon.

It’s a sad occasion when you lose anyone but to lose someone in such as tragedy and to still not have any answers 15 days afterwards its tough,” Haley said.

Some of the requests include 911 tapes from that night, plus body camera footage and any previous disciplinary complaints against the two officers.

“We demand justice and accountability. we make sure that this doesn’t happen again and if it does the same script does not continued to be followed,” Haley said.

Now that Richardson has been buried, attorneys for the family say they can focus on finding out the truth.

“The fight is just now beginning. this is the mourning and the grieving process that they family has to go through but the fight begins now,” attorney Dedrick Moore said.

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