Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter for Killing of Unarmed Marijuana Suspect

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.

Wendell Allen was shot to death by then-officer Joshua Colclough while unarmed during a 2012 drug raid.
An unarmed Wendell Allen was shot to death by then-officer Joshua Colclough during a 2012 drug raid.

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.

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