A police officer was found not guilty in the death of 73-year-old Bernard Monroe, an unarmed New Orleans man that was shot and killed during a family cookout.
A jury voted “no true bill” in the case, recommending that the case be not taken to trial.
The jury rejected a number of charges set to be placed on the officer including murder, manslaughter and negligent homicide.
12 witnesses gave testimony in a court room that Bernard Monroe, a cancer patient left voiceless from the disease, was unarmed when Officer Tom Cox gunned him down in February of 2009.
The older man was shot outside his home surrounded by at least 12 of his family members after Officer Cox and another officer went chasing after the man’s son.
They claim Monroe appeared to have a gun in his hand before Cox shot him several times.
Both Cox and the other officer have since resigned.
Rev. Willie Young Sr., the leader of the local chapter of the NAACP, has since expressed his disappointment in the case, and he tells the Associated Press
“I am so disappointed. When you have 12 witnesses that say the man did not have a gun and he was gunned down by police, what are you supposed to believe. We are left with the belief that police in Homer have a license to kill.”
SMH…..they couldn’t event take it to trial?
Where’s the justice???