A New Orleans police officer who shot and killed a 20-year-old man last year during a marijuana raid has pleaded guilty to manslaughter; he’ll be serving a 4-year sentence.
The man who committed the shooting, Joshua Colclough, resigned from the force the day before his guilty plea.
According to officials, Wendell Allen, the victim, was standing at the top of the stairs in his New Orleans home when police began a drug raid. Allen, who was shirtless and entirely unarmed, was quickly shot to death by then-officer Colclough. Colclough’s attorney says that he made a split-second decision that he’ll have to live with “until the day he dies”.
Despite the tragedy of this event, Wendell Allen’s mother, Natasha Allen, says that shes forgiven her son’s shooter, staying that; “What I’m doing for you Mr. Colclaugh, is what my son would have done for you”.
This shooting is yet another tragic example of the devastation that can come from the war on drugs; a war which arms police with military equipment and encourages them to harass and persecute nonviolent individuals.