‘We feel like we’ve been slapped in the face,” nephew of man killed by West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy said


One day after the family of Josef Richardson filed a lawsuit alleging wrongful death and excessive force, the shocking news comes forward that the man responsible for killing Richardson in a motel room is back at work.

“We feel like we’ve been slapped in the face,” Richardson’s nephew, Reynard Douglas, said.

Douglas found out about the news via text message. He says his family is devastated.

“We haven’t gotten any answers and he’s back at work. My uncle will never be able to go back to work or do anything,” Douglas said.

Less than two months after Richardson was shot in the back of the neck by West Baton Rouge Deputy Vance Matranga, Douglas says now that Matranga is back at work, his loved ones are uneasy.

“I feel like my life’s in danger now. My uncles girlfriend called us and said ‘now I feel like someone is going to be out to get me,'” he said.

A spokesperson for the West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office says Matranga has been placed on desk duty. He was given back his badge and unit.

“He killed someone. Until all the paperwork comes out, until everything is shared, I feel like he can’t be back at work,” Douglas said.

Though Douglas says he’s hurting, he says he’s trying his best to cope with the loss of his uncle.

“I forgive that officer for me because I don’t want to carry around that hate in my heart. I know he’s going through a lot as well, but my family is really going through it,” he said.

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