Suit filed in Iberia Parish over Handcuffed Black man Mysteriously Shot to Death in back of White deputy’s car
Suit Alleges Black Man was Suicided by White Cop From [HERE] A Black woman has filed a wrongful-death suit in federal court against Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal (racist suspect in photo) and the deputy who arrested her child’s father, Victor White III, the night he died from a single gunshot wound to the right side of his chest while handcuffed in the backseat of the deputy’s car.
In a 15-page complaint filed Friday on behalf of White’s toddler, Shandell Bradley’s attorneys allege Ackal fails to adequately train his deputies and tolerates excessive uses of force and unreasonable searches, which resulted in White’s death a year ago on March 3, 2014.
The suit also claims Cpl. Justin Ortis, who arrested White that night, beat him and was negligent in failing to protect White’s safety while he was in custody.
White died in a Louisiana hospital, the victim of a gunshot that police said White fired after being frisked twice, handcuffed and placed in the back of a New Iberia police cruiser. That is, the white cops claim that while he was handcuffed in the backseat of the cruiser he shot himself with an undected handgun - magically like Houdini or David Copperfield.
Cops: "Not on Our Property." The family of Victor White III held a rally on March 2, 2015 to commemorate the first anniversary of Victor's death. The Iberia Parish Sheriff's office heard about the planned rally and warned White's father that if they entered the Sheriff's property, they would be arrested.
Ortis arrested White, 22, while he and an unnamed friend were walking home from a convenience store where a fight had just occurred. According to the suit, Ortis stopped the two men shortly before midnight and searched White twice before arresting him for drug possession.
What happened after has been detailed only in a statement released by State Police the same date as White’s death.
“Once at the Sheriff’s Office, White became uncooperative and refused to exit the deputy’s patrol vehicle,” it reads. “As the deputy requested assistance from other deputies, White produced a handgun and fired one round striking himself in the back.”
In August, although the facts supported the determination of a homicide, the Iberia Parish coroner ruled White’s death a suicide, and State Police said the gun that fired the fatal bullet was not a type used by the Sheriff’s Office.
But the agency has not released additional details about its report, submitted in September to the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. That agency stepped away from the case when the U.S. Justice Department began conducting its own review .