Timothy Williams’ lawyers react to issued arrest warrant after excessive force complaint
MONROE, La. (KNOE) - An officer has been arrested in connection to an alleged excessive force incident from April. Three other officers have been placed on administrative leave.
Before the arrest was made, KNOE spoke with the lawyers representing Timothy Williams on their reaction to the latest development.
“This is going to be a process. So, we’re not going to stop just because there’s an arrest warrant issued,” said Donecia Banks-Miley, lead counsel.
“We’re going to advocate until each of the specific officers that were there, that participated in this brutal beating of him, are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
Banks-Miley said they also want to bring attention to another part of Williams’ story. “He was booked into the Ouachita Parish Correctional Center, and upon being booked there, he was unjustly placed in what they call the “rubber room” for a certain period of time. During that time, he was denied his essential medication. He was denied making his initial phone calls at that time, and right now, we’re just saying we want answers.”
They’re also demanding the body camera footage of the incident be released. Kristen B. Pleasant says it will provide transparency and accountability in the matter. “We also believe that releasing the body cam footage will exonerate our client as well, because social media comments have been pretty brutal against our client, and the citizens need to know. We need to know what’s going on,” Pleasant said.
Pleasant also mentioned releasing the footage may also discourage other officers from taking similar actions in the future.
“We want to shed a light on this instance of police brutality that occurred here in Monroe so that it will not be swept under the rug. It won’t be hidden. So, they won’t receive a slap on the wrist for this,” Banks-Miley said.
They also partnered with Williams’ church, Greater Realness Cathedral, to lead a peaceful protest outside city hall on Saturday.
City leaders, pastors and others spoke at the event demanding justice for Williams and voice concerns of police brutality and transparency.
Protestors also demanded the body cam footage of the encounter be released immediately.
“I’m really excited to see arrest warrants issued, but at this point, the public needs to see what really happened,” La. Senator Katrina Jackson said. “To me, you’re protecting those who perpetuate it when you hold a video this long.”
The City of Monroe and the police department said in a statement the footage would be released as soon as possible.
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