Caddo District Attorney investigates two reported deaths of men in police custody
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana prosecutor is investigating allegations that two men died two weeks apart last April in the custody of a police department, and says police files are incomplete.
Caddo Parish District Attorney James E. Stewart Sr. asked the public on Tuesday for any video, witness accounts or other information about the deaths of Tommie McGlothen on April 5 and Wavey Austin on April 19.
He also said Shreveport Police Department files about the cases “are missing reports, statements, downloads and other vital information that is essential to conduct a thorough and complete review.” Police are being notified about the missing pieces and asked to quickly provide them, he said in a news release emailed at the end of business Tuesday.
A police spokesman did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.
McGlothen, 44, and Austin both were black, The Times has reported.
McGlothen’s sisters, including Macronia McGlothen of Dallas, told KTBS-TV on Tuesday that police had declined earlier on April 5 to take their brother for a mental evaluation.
In May, McGlothen told the station, “When we got to the funeral it looked liked he had been beaten. His nose was broken. His jaw was broken. And his eye was swollen. It looked like he had a fractured skull.”
A spokeswoman for Shreveport Police Department told the station that it would not comment or release any police video because the case is still under investigation.
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