A Black Louisiana man who was accused of tried homicide of a police officer had the costs towards him dropped as a result of of inadequate proof, East Baton Rouge District Lawyer Hillar Moore III stated on Tuesday, in accordance with WAFB 9.
The Baton Rouge Police Division accused Raheem Howard, 21, of making an attempt to kill one of its officers and for illegally utilizing a weapon after he was pulled over for a visitors violation final month. Each fees have been dropped.
“At this level, I didn’t suppose there was enough proof,” Moore stated, in accordance with The Advocate. “That doesn’t imply there will likely be no fees stemming from this case.”
His legal professional, Ron Haley, disputed the official report that stated that Officer Yuseff Hamadeh chased after Howard following the visitors cease and was allegedly shot at by his consumer as a result of Howard didn’t have a weapon.
“He didn’t have it. There was [no] proof. As a result of he didn’t have a gun, he didn’t fireplace a shot. And I believe the suppression of the proof by the cameras both malfunctioning or being willfully turned off solely lends to that argument,” stated Haley.
Howard, who’s in jail as a result of of unrelated fees, and his household are contemplating taking civil motion towards Hamadeh, who had his physique digital camera turned off in the course of the incident.
The district legal professional stated that witnesses solely heard one shot fired and shell casings discovered at the scene have been solely from the officer’s funs.
“Primarily based on the overview of that, I didn’t have enough proof to proceed on these fees at this time,” Moore stated.