Groups of community activists from Baton Rouge, New Iberia, and Lafayette gathered at the Unitiarian Church Oct 13 to discuss for a two-day teach-in workshop on police brutality and the Victor White III case.
The Justice for Victor White Committee worked directly with the family of Victor White III for a National Week of Action, October 12-18, to host a series of week long activities including this symposium, a march, and rally.
Victor White III was a 22 year old, New Iberia resident whose death in police custody is becoming known as a “Houdini Suicide.” Police in New Iberia claim Victor committed suicide in the back of their police cruiser. They allege that after being pat down twice and being detained in the back of a police car, Victor produced a gun and shot himself in the back while his hands were cuffed behind his back. The coroner’s report later showed that the bullet entered in his chest.
Organizers said, “We seek to honor the life of Victor, raise awareness of his untimely death, demand accountability for law officers’ actions, and ensure transparency in future investigations. We invite organizations, community leaders, elected offi cials, and citizens to stand with us in this fight for justice. The Victor White case embodies a blatant disregard of human rights.”
Justice for Victor White planning meetings are held every 2nd and 4th Thursdays at Imani Temple, 201 East Willow Street, Lafayette.
RealNewzs’ photographer W. White shares these snapshots from the meeting: