Black Louisiana man killed in traffic stop due to tinted window

On November 6, Derrick Kittling, a black man, was shot dead at a traffic stop in Alexandria, Louisiana. Corresponding Vice, a white officer pulled over the victim’s Chevrolet Silverado for tinted windows and a modified exhaust. Minutes later, the 45-year-old father of three was dead.

Over the weekend, Louisiana State Police and the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office released body and dashcam footage. A news conference was held on Sunday (Nov. 20) and the officer responsible for Kittling’s death was identified as Rapides Parish Deputy Rodney Anderson. Vice transcribed part of the video, adding that the black man appeared unaware of why he was being arrested. “What’s wrong with you? Why are you reaching for me?” Kittling asked as Anderson tried to restrain his wrists.

One person who saw the footage tweeted: “Rodney Anderson pulled over Derrick Kittling for tinted windows [and] a modified exhaust. Got him out of the car right away [and] In less than a minute, the officer shot the 45-year-old black father of three in the head, killing him. He wasn’t even told why he was stopped.” Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump has followed the case from the beginning. Last week, the attorney urged his supporters to meet him in Louisiana at Alexandria City Hall “to march in unity and demand justice for Derrick Kittling.” Crump called for transparency in the case, stating that no footage had been released at the time.

Yesterday (November 21), Crump’s law firm provided an update on the case. “The newly released footage in the Derrick Kittling case confirms what we suspected in our initial fact-checking: Derrick’s assassination was unjust and entirely avoidable,” the tweet began. “We believe Deputy Rodney Anderson has been profiling Derrick from the moment he initiated this out-of-jurisdiction traffic stop over window tinting and a modified exhaust. Deputy Anderson escalated and demonstrated the use of unnecessary deadly force during this traffic delay,” the message continued. Crump reminded the Louisiana State Police that their job is to “protect and serve, not inflict fatal harm.”

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