BATON ROUGE – The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana today issued the following statement regarding the shooting death of Josef Richardson by a West Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy. An autopsy report released Tuesday found that Richardson was killed by a single bullet to the back of his neck.

ACLU of Louisiana executive director Alanah Odoms Hebert made this statement:

“Once again, another human life has been lost due to the use of deadly force by the police. The shooting death of Josef Richardson demands a comprehensive and transparent investigation, and points to the need for systemic reform in the West Baton Rouge Police Department. Law enforcement officers must be trained in de-escalation and should never serve as anyone’s judge, jury and executioner. We will continue to stand with Josef’s family and the West Baton Rouge community as they demand accountability and reform.”