Josef Richardson family’s attorneys say, Vance Matranga should not be working


“I can’t even mince my words enough to express the disappointment”

Attorneys representing Josef Richardson’s family are questioning the decision made by the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office.

“It calls into question so many things that leads us to say that this is reckless intentional behavior” said Attorney Dedrick Moore.

The West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office confirmed, Vance Matranga was given his badge, restoring his rights as a deputy. In a statement, Major Zachary Simmers said, “Matranga is on desk duty, he comes in does the paperwork and goes home.” When asked, why Matranga could return, Simmers responded, “it’s either let him sit at home and get paid or come sit behind a desk and get paid.”

“”For this person to be given that power again, under this cloud of suspicion is nothing short of ridiculous” said Haley

Unaware of the current status of the investigation, Haley said, this new development sends a powerful message to the community.

“We wonder if someone knows something that we don’t or is the Sheriff’s department that bold to take into no account what’s going to come back from the State Police that there’s going to be judge, jury and arbitrator and determine that it is okay to shoot and unarmed black man in the back of the head” said Haley.

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