BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Louisiana’s NAACP is calling for a special prosecutor to investigate allegations against Dr. Shane Mckinney. Mckinney is the doctor accused of attacking a Southern University athlete earlier this month. A crime official from southern say was racially motivated.
Almost a week ago, BRPD indicated that there was not enough evidence to charge Dr. Shane Michael McKinney with a hate crime.
NAACP’s state president Mike McClanahan says he’s concerned Attorney General Jeff Landry would show bias, citing concerns over Landry’s quote “indifference towards the rights of African Americans.”
“We know for a fact that Attorney General Jeff Landry is not a friend to freedom and justice and equality for all persons,” McClanahan said.
East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar more recused himself from the case because someone in his office has a close relationship with Mckinney. McClanahan says anyone would be better than Landry.
“He’s been fighting everything that’s good in Louisiana and promoting everything that’s bad in Louisiana so we don’t want him doing anything,” McClanahan said.
We reached out to the DA and the Attorney General for a statement but did not hear back. The investigation is ongoing. McClanahan says if the courts decide Mckinney is guilty, he wants justice to be brought forth.
Full statement from Louisiana NAACP:
Louisiana NAACP President Dr. Michael McClanahan formally requested that East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore, III consider hiring a special prosecutor to investigate Dr. Shane Michael McKinney, who is being investigated for assaulting and battering two African-American women in Baton Rouge. The NAACP recently learned that Mr. Moore recused his office after disclosing that a member of his staff had a close personal relationship with Dr. McKinney; asking for Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry to investigate instead.
While President McClanahan commends the District Attorney on his leadership and respect for fact-based investigations and applications of the law, the NAACP has concerns that both Jeff Landry and the Louisiana Department of Justice, under his leadership, exhibit “indifference, if not outright hostility, towards the rights, health and safety of African Americans and other marginalized communities”. Instead, the NAACP requests that District Attorney Moore appoint a special prosecutor “not associated with the Louisiana Attorney General or his office” in accordance with Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedures, Article 63.
Additionally, the NAACP has requested disclosure of all requests for recusal made by the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office since January 2016, including reasons, whether the DA was replaced by the Attorney General or an appointed special prosecutor, and who those appointed individuals were.
McClanahan says the NAACP demands, “that Dr. McKinney be subject to the same standards of justice as all other criminal defendants in East Baton Rouge Parish. A just prosecution requires a zealous advocate for the state and the victims without regard to race or any appearance of indifference, bias or prejudice.”